HOLYWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
As an organisation using AccessNI to help assess the suitability of applicants for positions of trust, Holywood Baptist Church complies fully with Access NI’s Code of Practice (available at www.nidirect.gov.uk/accessni.code ). It ensures the correct handling, use, storage, retention and disposal of Disclosure applications and Disclosure information. We also comply fully with obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and other legislative requirements with regard to the safe handling, storage, retention and disposal of Disclosure Information.
Child Protection form are available here.
Storage and Access
Disclosure information is kept securely in a locked, non-portable safe which is located in a locked room. Access to this information is strictly controlled and limited to those who are entitled to see it as part of their duties.
In accordance with Section 124 of the Police Act 1997, Disclosure information is only ever passed to those who are authorised to receive it in the course of their duties. A record is maintained of those people with whom Disclosures or Disclosure information has been shared and we understand that it is a criminal offence to pass this information to anyone who is not entitled to see it.
Disclosure information is only used for the specific purpose for which it was requested and for which applicants full consent has been given.
Once a recruitment decision has been taken, Holywood Baptist Church does not retain Disclosure information for any longer than is necessary. We comply with AccessNI’s Code of Practice requirement to ensure that all Disclosure certificates will be destroyed once a decision, recruitment or otherwise, has been made. They will be retained no longer than 3 months after the Access NI certificate has been issued to the person.
After the retention period has elapsed, the Church will ensure that any Disclosure information is destroyed by shredding or burning. While awaiting destruction, Disclosure information will not be held in any unsecured receptacle e.g. waste bin.
However, the church will keep the following information:
- a record of the date of issue of a Disclosure,
- the name of the subject,
- the type of disclosure requested,
- the position for which the Disclosure was requested,
- the Access NI Unique reference number of the certificate
- the details of the recruitment decision taken.
The church has a growing ministry to children and young people and takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people entrusted to the church’s care. A child or young person is a person under 18 years of age. A worker should be anyone aged 16 years or over who is engaged in work or a voluntary activity which involves contact with children or young people.
1. The church is committed to providing, in a Christian environment, the highest possible care for children and to safeguarding their welfare by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm.
2. All workers will treat others with dignity, respect, sensitivity and fairness when involved in church organised activities.
3. All individuals recruited to work with children or young people will be required to complete a church application form and to meet with the organisation leader to discuss the task and our child protection policy and good practice guidelines available to download here. (Be aware this is a fifty page document)
4. The church also promotes the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy which can be viewed here.
(Paper copies are available on request)
What To Do If You Suspect That Abuse May Have Occurred
Tell your leader in charge.
Complete a ‘Report of Concern’ form – Form 9.
Give the form to your leader in charge who should report your concerns as soon as possible to the co-ordinator Audrey Lockhart Tel No 07730892026 who is nominated by the church to act on their behalf in referring allegations or suspicions of neglect or abuse to the statutory authorities.
Child Protection forms are available here.