Safeguarding is the protection of adults and children from harm, abuse or neglect.

We all have the same rights and expectations to independence, respect, choice, fulfilment of our ambitions, to be heard, included, and to have privacy and confidentiality. These expectations are central to the way in which we interact with each other in our life together.

Safeguarding involves a range of activities aimed at promoting the individual’s fundamental right to be safe. These include making and maintaining safe environments for all, having processes to follow should something go wrong, and support for everyone involved.

You can read our EMBA Safeguarding Policy and Procedures here

Every EMBA church should have a safeguarding policy statement and procedures for working with children, young people, and adults at risk. 

A new combined set of model church safeguarding policy and procedures can be downloaded from the BUGB website here


EMBA Safeguarding Advisers

Dave Bedford

I have been a social worker for 40 years, mainly working with children and families.

I now work part time as a Safeguarding Adviser for the Diocese of Coventry.

I am the Designated Person for Safeguarding at Whetstone Baptist Church and a Safeguarding Trainer for the EMBA.I am a down to earth Christian and plain speaking communicator.



Alan Davies

I trained as a social worker/probation officer in 1973 and practiced as a probation officer in Nottinghamshire for 13yrs. I then moved to a post with the NSPCC as a child protection officer where I spent 9 years following this up with 20 years working for the NHS as a clinician in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. As well as assessing and treating the children referred to the out-patient clinic as part of a multi-disciplinary team, I was responsible for a specialism working with children whose sexual behaviour had caused concerns. I continued working part-time after retirement finally leaving my post in 2015 by which time my clientele was largely drawn from a children’s secure unit.


Ed Ronayne 

I am married to Sue we have 5 children and 2 grandchildren, so we are kept busy. Following my BA Hon’s degree in Sociology and Psychology I trained and qualified as a Youth and Community Worker. After becoming a senior manager, I was responsible for Child Protection as it was originally known and became a trainer and advisor both for Wirral Borough Council and Humberside County Council.

For 3 years I was assistant director and then director for the Liverpool Archdiocesan Youth Service during this time I was involved in writing some of the very first child protection policies locally, regionally and nationally for the RC and other church denominations including the Baptists in the north west.

I eventually moved to a role as Education Advisor to schools and during this time qualified as a trainer and carried on training teachers and other staff around safeguarding children, sexual health education and drugs and alcohol.

I have been a safeguarding children’s manager and trainer for over 20 years and for the last 8 years I have had the role of Safeguarding Adults’ Manager in the NHS in Derbyshire. This involves me taking the lead for training GPs, nurses, commissioning staff, carers groups and church groups on safeguarding adults including the Care Act (2014), the Mental Capacity Act, domestic abuse, modern slavery and Prevent. I also deliver train the trainer courses in safeguarding children/adults and Prevent.

A key part of my role in the NHS is to provide support and advice on a daily basis to health staff on safeguarding this includes GPs, nurses and other staff.  

A further part of my role has involved me in developing the national NHS eLearning in Safeguarding Adults levels 1&2 (July 2017).

I have also developed 2 Apps for Derbyshire one on MCA/DoLS (MCA Derbyshire) and one on Safeguarding Adults (Safeguarding Adults Derbyshire) while these were developed for Primary Care staff other agencies and voluntary groups including church and faith groups find them useful as well.

More recently I have produced Podcasts on various topics related to safeguarding involving both local and national experts and again these are used widely by many groups as an aid to learning.


Dave Bedford, Alan Davies and Ed Ronayne are the Safeguarding Leads for the Association and manage all Association safeguarding cases in conjunction with the Regional Ministers who are able to provide pastoral support to churches.


What to do if you have a safeguarding concern arise in an EMBA Church

Please see the EMBA Safeguarding Procedure for churches updated July 2019

Please could we ask that a copy of this procedure is displayed in a prominent location within your church.



 EMBA Safeguarding Trainings 

Level 1 is a short, 8 minute film designed for use in all age services or events. 

To compliment this film there is a set of children and young people’s material based around the parable of the Good Samaritan.  This material involves a variety of age appropriate activities for children in school years Reception to Year 9 which help to get the message of safeguarding across to the children and young people of the church.

You can download the film here:

A second version of this film, designed for use in church members’ meetings, is also available.  Churches may choose to use this as part of their annual review of their safeguarding policy.

Level 2 is designed to be delivered by a BUGB trained safeguarding trainer.

Level 2 runs as a half day training (9.30am-12.45pm).

Level 2 aims to help attendees:

  • to have confidence in responding to safeguarding concerns about children, young people and adults at risk within the church and know what support is available if needed
  • to build a greater understanding of safeguarding and why it is important within the church context
  • to be aware of different types of abuse
  • to be champions in safeguarding.

There is also a short booklet called Gateway to Excellence in Safeguarding for volunteers and workers to read before they attend a Level 2 Excellence in Safeguarding Course.  Please note that this is not an alternative to attending a level 2 course.

Level 3 is also designed to be delivered by a BUGB trained safeguarding trainer.

Level 3 runs as a full day training (10-3pm).

Level 3 is designed to follow on from Level 2 and you should attend the Level 2 course before accessing Level 3.

Level 3 aims to help attendees:

  • understand the key safeguarding responsibilities of church leaders
  • build confidence in responding to concerns and supporting all those effected by abuse
  • provide time to reflect on how your church safeguarding policies and procedures are working.

EMBA has a team of trained trainers who can deliver the BUGB Safeguarding Training Excellence in Safeguarding at Levels 2 and 3.

  • ALL ministers in pastoral charge of an EMBA Church need to complete Level 2 AND 3. 
  • ALL Leaders/Deacons/Trustees and the Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS) of an EMBA Church should complete Level 2 AND 3.
  • ALL who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults should complete Level 2 training.

Please note Safeguarding Training needs to be renewed every FOUR 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

Booking is essential for all safeguarding trainings. Please email Becky Nicholls ( EMBA Administrative Support) at to book your place.  

2019 Safeguarding Training Dates  

We have one final Level 3 training running this year, open to the whole Association:

L3: Saturday 23 November 2019 at Sutton in the Elms BC, Leics, 10am – 3pmPLACES AVAILABLE

The training includes a refreshment break and a lunch break.  Please note the host church will provide refreshments but lunch is not provided.  Please bring a packed lunch with you.

2020 Safeguarding Training Dates  

For details of the 2020 safeguarding trainings we have confirmed so far, please click here.  More dates to follow.

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 with the following information:

  • name of the church making the booking
  • the trainings you wish to attend (include the level of training, date, time and venue)
  • the names (title, first name and surname) of all those wishing to attend each training

Becky will then confirm the booking and issue an invoice containing 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 Midland Baptist Association’) can be sent to the EMBA Office FAO Becky Nicholls.


2019 Safeguarding Training Fees

Please click here for information regarding 2019 Safeguarding Training Fees.


Would your church like to host a Safeguarding Training?

If your church:

  • has a car park/can arrange parking in close proximity
  • can accommodate up to 40 people in a café-style layout
  • can provide AV/PA support on the day

please contact Becky Nicholls at

DBS Checks

Applying for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

DBS check arrangements in place for BUGB churches in England and Wales – our DBS check service is provided by Due Diligence Checking Ltd (DDC) who use a list of verifiers provided by the Baptist Union.

Eligibility for DBS Disclosures

Broadly speaking those who are eligible for Enhanced level Disclosures are those who are engaged in teaching, training, caring or supervisory roles or those who are their managers.

Other people may fall within eligibility for Standard Disclosures but this does not involve people such as administrators, caretakers, receptionists, property stewards or key holders who do not have direct contact with those who are in the vulnerable groups. A similar situation pertains for church coffee shops, etc – contact with child customers is not deemed to be sufficiently close to bring one into the eligibility criteria for a Disclosure.

For more information about the DBS process please see the BUGB Guide to DBS Checks (hyperlink:

DBS Verifiers

On 1st June 2018 the Baptist Union removed all ministers and church secretaries from the list of DBS verifiers sent to DDC, unless they had been confirmed by the church as continuing in the verifier role.

Previously, the minister and church secretary of Baptist Churches in membership with BUGB had been automatically enrolled as DBS Verifiers. However, it is now recognised that this is a role that is often fulfilled by others in the church.

If you would like to add names to the list of DBS verifiers for your church then please complete the Verifier changes form available from the BUGB website. This should be returned to Denise Moore by emailing or by post to Denise Moore, Baptist Union of Great Britain, Baptist House, 129 Broadway, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 8RT.

If you act as a DBS verifier for your church and have any questions relating to the DBS process, please contact DDC on 01162 603055 or email The DDC customer support team will be very happy to talk with you.

Alternatively, you can visit the Baptist section of the DDC website for more information including Quick Start Guides for their system:


Safeguarding Contacts / Websites

BUGB (Baptists Together)

BUGB Safeguarding Team

The BUGB website contains many resources to help and encourage Baptist churches in their safeguarding. The Resource Library webpage contains several publications that can be downloaded for free.


Disclosure and Barring Service [DBS]

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

DBS is an executive non-departmental public body of the Home Office.


Thirtyoneeight (formerly Churches Child Protection Advisory Service/CCPAS)

Independent Christian Safeguarding Charity providing confidential helpline, support and resources, specialist safeguarding services including training, and much more.


NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)

The leading children’s charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood.