Safeguarding

The BUGB website has a huge resource of information on all things related to Safeguarding. Take a look at the Safeguarding Pages here

  • IMPORTANT CHANGES – Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

    Please note from 1st November 2015 the disclosure system and online update service will be provided by DDC – www.ddc.uk.net.
  • Announcement from BUGB here.
  • Advice and guidance for verifiers can be found on the BUGB website here..

New Provision for Safeguarding  – Advice and Training

All EMBA churches are now able to access the CCPAS (Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service) services. This gives discounted rates for training and other Safeguarding support and will work alongside the EMBA Regional Ministers and the Baptist Together Safeguarding team. For further information about CCPAS please visit their website www.ccpas.co.uk
For urgent advice you can phone the CCPAS helpline any time.
Call 0845 120 4550
We ask that you call this number during office hours for any advice that is non-urgent.
If there is concern about a minister please contact an EMBA Regional Minister immediately.
Mark Clay 07975 863 772
Ellen Price 07739 808 644
Steven Price 07867 971 854
Mike Fegredo 07972 350 242
In the unlikely event you cannot get hold of an EMBA Regional Minister please contact the Baptist Together Safeguarding Officer (01235 517 719) or the Ministries Team Leader, Revd Andy Hughes (01235 517 701).

A copy of the Safeguarding Procedure for your noticeboard can be downloaded here.

Good Safeguarding Policy and Practice Matters
• It is a Gospel outcome to care and support children and vulnerable adults.
• Good practice protects everyone – workers and leaders included.
• Poor practice could raise issue with the Charity Commission, insurers and your reputation is at risk.

EMBA 2018 Safeguarding Trainings

Our 2018 Safeguarding Trainings we have planned to date are available here

It is our hope that additional trainings will be arranged as the year progresses, should those listed not be convenient.  Please keep checking this page for the latest information.

Going forward we have made changes to the way we roll out safeguarding trainings across the association.

To make trainings as beneficial as possible to all who attend we are requesting a café-style layout and can train a maximum of 40 people per training.

Car parking has created some difficulties this last year and so in light of this, we need host venues where there is good parking for 40 attendees (either church parking or alternative parking in close proximity to the church).

If a café style layout and parking are both possible and your church would like to host a safeguarding training please do contact Becky Nicholls (EMBA Administrative Support) at safeguarding.emba@gmail.com  Depending on the number of people you have in the church needing level 2 and 3 training we can then determine whether we need to run a training specific for your church or whether we can open it up to the wider association too.

Levels of Training

Level 2 – for all those involved in working with children or vulnerable adults including all ministers and all trustees.

It is recommended that all who work with children or vulnerable adults should do level 2 training.

Level 3 – for those with oversight responsibility for safeguarding policy and practice including all trustees and designated persons for Safeguarding and all ministers.

Level 3 builds on the level 2 training and so it is strongly advised that Level 2 training is completed before attending level 3.

Training needs to be renewed every 4 years.

Employment training will definitely have some crossover but the Level 2 and 3 training is specific to Safeguarding in a Baptist church context and so will cover topics not mentioned in the training that employers roll out.  The advice would still be to attend Level 2 and 3 training (as appropriate) every 4 years.

Booking a Training

For church group bookings: if one person could collate the names of all those wishing to attend safeguarding training and then send one email to Becky Nicholls that would be much appreciated.

For individual bookings or church group bookings please email Becky Nicholls, at safeguarding.emba@gmail.com with the following information:

o   name of the church making the booking

o   the trainings you wish to attend (include the level of training, date, time and venue)

o   the names (title, first name and surname) of all those wishing to attend each training

Becky will then calculate the total cost of the booking and issue a BACS reference code should you wish to pay by BACS (preferred method please where possible as this makes the administration much simpler!)  Alternatively, cheque payment (cheques made payable to ‘East Midlands Baptist Association’) can be sent to the EMBA Office FAO Becky Nicholls, West Bridgford Baptist Church, West Bridgford, Notts, NG2 7NF

2018 Safeguarding Training Fees

Please see the costs here

An email will be circulated soon to all church ministers and secretaries notifying them as to whether or not your church is eligible for the discounted training rate (based on 2016 HM Giving Figures until April 2018 when we will issue 2017 HM Giving Figures).

Gateway to Safeguarding Level 2 Resource Booklet

What is this booklet for?

It is designed for new volunteers in churches who have offered to help with work with children, young people or adults at risk, but who have not yet attended the Level 2 course.

It is not an alternative to Level 2 training, but has been designed as an introduction to safeguarding until the volunteer can attend a Level 2 course.

It is hoped that this will help the Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS) in each church as they help new volunteers to understand the basics of safeguarding. The checklist on the back can be detached and copied for ease of use.

Please note that this booklet is intended as a helpful resource for churches to use if they so wish. Some churches will already have their own materials or introductory process which works well for them, but we know that many do not.

How can churches access the booklet?

The booklet will be available via the BUGB website soon. The booklet can be printed in colour or black and white and is also easy to read on screen or tablet.

Copies of the Gateway resource will also be sent out by BUGB in the week commencing 27 Feb to all those who identified themselves as a Designated Person for Safeguarding on their BUGB annual return, or to Church Secretaries where there is not a specific individual as DPS on the annual return.

Latest News

All the latest news in safeguarding can be found on the BUGB website here.