What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is a term that describes the role of protecting adults and children from being abused or neglected and also includes measures to guard vulnerable people from harm in the first place.  

Safeguarding is an essential part of administrative and organisational practice for all responsible institutions. As churches, whilst trying to reflect the character and commandments of Jesus, we wish to do this to the utmost of our abilities and to act in an appropriate way within our communities.

Policy Statement

It is the policy of the Union of Welsh Independents to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults by protecting them from neglect, physical, sexual, and emotional harm.

As a result, churches have agreed to safeguard the welfare of their members and those entrusted to their care. The members, paid staff and volunteers within the church shall therefore behave in a manner that reflects the values of the Christian Church. They shall show respect for and understanding of human rights, they shall promote an ethos of listening and ensuring the safety of all, especially children and vulnerable adults. 

Each church looks after children, young people and vulnerable adults and shall safeguard them by following good practice in relation to the following:

Safer recruitment for workers and volunteers

Promoting good working practices

Training and supporting workers in their role and in the protection of vulnerable groups


Our Policy and Safeguarding Procedures

In 2014 our policies and procedures were updated to include vulnerable adults and recent changes in the regulations regarding vulnerable groups and criminal record checks.

The instructions and advice given in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Handbook are the foundation for the policy adopted by the Union of Welsh Independents for working with children and vulnerable adults.

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Handbook forms the safeguarding policy and procedures for churches from the Union of Welsh Independents, for working with children and vulnerable adults.

The handbook takes you step by step through:

  • Our statement of Intent (Section 1)
  • Safer recruitment and selection procedures (including DBS checks) (Section 2)
  • Working with Children and Young People and how to respond to concerns (Section 3.2)
  • Working with Vulnerable Adults (Section 4.1) and how to respond to concerns (Section 4.2)
  • Pastoral Care (Section 5)
  • There are forms and information that will help you to put the policies into practice in Sections 6 and 7.

Procedures and instructions included in this documents should be available to all workers, leaders and members within the church.


Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS) 

The Interdenominational Safeguarding Panel is responsible for processing the DBS checks for all ministers, workers and volunteers in churches that belong to the Union of Welsh Independents. They are processed through the Panel’s office in Denbigh by Sian Jones, the Panel’s Administrative Officer.

Contact Sian for more information and to order DBS forms.

sian@paneldiogelwch.org.uk  ( 01745 817584)

It is our policy that DBS checks are renewed every 4 years. At the moment it is only paper forms that can be processed. 
Go to the Panel website for more information regarding the DBS process and for a summary of requirements www.paneldiogelwch.org.uk/cy/dbs

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