We believe that 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. Our safeguarding policy and procedures are 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.
A copy of the church’s safeguarding policy which was written in line with the Baptist Union's guidance, can be downloaded here. It is also to be found, along with accompanying procedures, under Resources, along with other church policies.
The following guides produced by the Baptist Union may also be helpful: Guide to Cyber Safety, Guide to Understanding Self Harm and Guide to Understanding Domestic Abuse.
Extra support during coronavirus
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence and abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.
Advice to self isolate due to coronavirus does not apply if you need to escape from domestic abuse.
Many pharmacies have safe spaces where you can get information about support and make calls.
In an emergency phone 999.
You can find help and support for domestic abuse during coronavirus on GOV.UK.
Women can call The Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000247, free at anytime day or night.
Men’s Aid – for free practical advice and support for men who have been abused or are in an abusive relationship. Helpline: 0871 223 9986
Domestic Violence and Abuse – www.nhs.uk
Domestic Violence and Abuse – www.hants.gov.uk
If you are under 16 and want to talk about domestic abuse, please call – 0800 1111 (Childline).
If you are in an emergency, please call the police - 999
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Recent national research reveals that many people have highlighted that their mental health and wellbeing has been affected by the current restrictions placed on them during the COVID 19 pandemic. This has included the feelings of uncertainty and anxiousness about the future.
There are many things that can be done to help people look after themselves and taking time out for your self-care is important, especially in these difficult times. Seeking help is often the first step towards getting and staying well. It is common to feel unsure, but it is always OK to ask for help.
youngminds.org.uk – The leading charity for children and young people. 0808 8025544 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4pm
SANEline – 0300 3047000, Everyday 4.30pm – 10.30pm
Samaritans – 116123, Anytime and free on any phone
NHS – mental health and self-care for young people. Online sessions available.