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Life Church is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their well-being. We are committed to creating safer places by following statutory guidelines on good working practise.

Our Commitment

The Leadership, Pastor Robert and Virginia Maasbach, the Spiritual Oversight and the Trustees (hereafter referred to as Leadership), recognise the importance of its ministry/work with children and young people and adults in need of protection and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.

We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the various International rights Conventions, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. We also agree with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. They have a right to be protected from “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.”

We therefore adopted the procedures set out in our safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance. We are committed to build constructive links with statutory and all other agencies involved in safeguarding.

The policy and appendices are based on the ten safeguarding standards published by the independent safeguarding charity Thirtyone:eight.

We undertake to:

  • Endorse and follow all national and local safeguarding legislation and procedures, in addition to the international conventions outlined above.
  • Provide on-going safeguarding training for all its workers and will regularly review the operational guidelines attached.
  • Ensure that the premises meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and all other relevant legislation, and that it is welcoming and inclusive.
  • Support the Safeguarding Coordinator(s) in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children and adults at risk.

Safeguarding Team

If you have any concerns for a child or adult with care and support needs then speak to one of the following:

Janet White – Safeguarding Coordinator

Virginia Maasbach – Deputy Safeguarding Coordinator

Paula Triffitt – Deputy Safeguarding Coordinator

A copy of our Safeguarding policy is available from the church offices.

In an emergency, or for independent advice call Thirtyone:eight on: 0303 003 11 11