Writing a Policy

In developing a Safeguarding Children Policy, a church will need to adopt both a policy statement and an agreed set of procedures by which that policy will be implemented.  The Safeguarding Children Policy should be a whole church concern.  It should therefore be adopted by the Church Meeting and also reviewed annually by the Church Meeting.

A policy statement makes it clear to staff, volunteers, parents and children what the church thinks about safeguarding, and what it will do to keep children safe.  The following guidance on what should be contained in a policy statement is based upon advice given by the NSPCC.

A policy statement sets out:

  • what the church wishes to say about keeping children safe

  • why the church is taking these steps

  • how, in broad terms, the church is going to meet this responsibility

  • who it applies and relates to,(eg all staff and volunteers, children and young people up to 18 years of age)

  • how the church will put the policy into action and how it links to other relevant policies and procedures, (eg taking photographs and videos, recruitment, health and safety)

It should be no longer than one or two sides of A4 paper.  The Policy statement should also:

  • identify the church, its purpose and function

  • recognise the needs of children from minority ethnic groups and disabled children and the barriers they may face, especially around communicatio

  • briefly state the main law and guidance that supports the policy

  • be signed and dated with a date identified for review

Download a model policy statement which complies with these guidelines. Churches are free to adopt this statement as it stands, although in doing so churches should carefully consider each of the statements and should also be aware that accompanying procedures will need to be developed that are relevant to the church’s own particular situation and context.

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