The Trustees of the Meeting Place are 100% committed to the safeguarding of all children and adults, and to ensuring their well-being.
We believe that all children and adults should know that they are valued and safe to enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of our community.
We respect the personal dignity and rights of all children and adults (for example, as set out in the Human Rights Act 1989 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) and will ensure that our policies and procedures reflect this.
We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of children under 18 years of age.
We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, financial, discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults at risk.
We recognise that domestic abuse affects both adults and children and believe that domestic abuse in all its forms is unacceptable and inconsistent with a Christian way of living.
All our staff both paid and volunteer will receive regular safeguarding training.
We will report any abuse of children or adults at risk that we discover or suspect.
Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed, the police will be contacted as a matter of urgency.
We recognise that Children’s Services has responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child, and that Adult Services do so for adults at risk.
We acknowledge that Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs) or the equivalent in Scotland and Wales have responsibility for dealing with all allegations and concerns about people working with children, whether paid or voluntary workers.
We recognise that safeguarding is a whole community responsibility.