Safeguarding Children and Adults who may be vulnerable
Responding to Domestic Abuse
We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:
for children and young people
• are youth-friendly and child-friendly and nurture their positive development
• enable children and young people to be active contributors to the church community
• protect children and young people from actual or potential harm
for adults who may be vulnerable
• ensure that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse
• encourage adults who may be vulnerable to lead as independent a life as possible, to choose how to lead their life, and to be active contributors to the church community
• protect adults who may be vulnerable from actual or potential harm
for those suffering domestic abuse
• recognise equality amongst people and within relationships
• refuse to condone any form of abuse
• protect those vulnerable to domestic abuse from actual or potential harm
for all people
• enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently
Why does safeguarding matter in a Christian community?
Jesus talked of the kingdom of God belonging to children; he gave them status, time and respect. Jesus also showed himself to be compassionately on the side of those without power, reaching across social barriers with the inclusive love of God.
A Christian approach to safeguarding children, adults who may be vulnerable and those in abusive relationships therefore asks both individuals and communities to create a safe environment for them, to act promptly on any complaints made, to care for those who have been abused in the past, and to minister appropriately to those who have abused.