The Church of Ireland's child protection policy, the Safeguarding Trust or 'the Code' for short, has been in place since 1997 and was included in the Constitution of the Church of Ireland in 2006.
Church of Ireland child protection policy statement:
"It is the policy of the Church of Ireland to set standards for the welfare of all children sharing in its ministry with a view to protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm"
Adherence to the Code by parishes means that children using Church of Ireland premises for worship and other activities such as Sunday schools, youth organisations and clubs have their general safety and welfare promoted while being protected from all kinds of abuse.
The current edition of the Code was published in 2008. A format of parts and sections makes it more accessible and it may be viewed online or downloaded from this website.
Complementary information resources, including the Safeguarding Trust newsletters, are available either online or from the Child Protection Offices in Northern Ireland.
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Safeguarding Trust at St Bride's
In order to further promote the policy at St Bride's a statement follows, together with a code of good practice.
SAFEGUARDING TRUST - A Statement
The Parish of Kilbride accepts and recognises its responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues which cause children harm, and to establish and maintain a safe environment for them. As a community or organisation we are committed to review- ing our policy, procedures and practice at regular intervals.
We will endeavour to safeguard children by:
►Following carefully the procedures laid down for recruitment and selection of workers.
►Providing effective management for workers through supervision, support and training.
►Reporting concerns to the appropriate statutory authority.
►Adopting child protection guidelines through a code of behaviour for workers.
►Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents and workers.
►Ensuring adherence to safety procedures.
We will also fulfil our responsibilities to workers by:
►The provision of effective training.
►The provision of appropriate resources.
►The safeguarding of those who work with children from the consequences of unfounded allegations.
Kilbride Parish Church Safeguarding Trust Panel
In order to manage good operation of the Safeguarding Trust, a Parish Panel exists, to which leaders can come if they have any questions — and indeed to which parents can also come if there is anything in the policy they wish to have explained.
Rev. Canon David Humphries, Kate Henry & Ivan Topping