Safeguarding

Fresh Expressions is committed to Safeguarding as an integral part of its ministry and mission, promoting a culture in which every child, young person and adult is valued and protected. 

These policies and procedures reflect our ongoing desire to:

  • Value, listen to and respect children, young people and adults as well as promoting their welfare and protection.
  • Ensure that all those who come into contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults through our activities are recruited safely and appropriately supervised and training.
  • Adopt a procedure for dealing with concerns about possible abuse.
  • Encourage, support, and empower individuals, parents, and carers.
  • Support all those affected either directly or indirectly by abuse.
  • Maintain good links and share relevant information with relevant statutory agencies and other organisations.

There is also a range of support available to children, young people and adults outside of Fresh Expressions itself. Such organisations include:

  • NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
  • Childline: 0800 1111
  • Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900
  • NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Family Lives: 0808 800 2222
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Action on Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141

Finally, Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales, or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. You can contact the Safe Spaces team through their helpline (0300 303 1056), their live chat facility or by emailing safespaces@firstlight.org.uk

If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent unless you or someone else is in immediate danger.

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