Our Union of over 2000 churches is supported by staff in thirteen regional associations and three specialist teams based in Didcot, Oxfordshire. Our six Baptist Colleges prepare men and women for ministry and offer ongoing development and training.
Home Mission Grants are given to support a variety of ministries in and through Baptist churches and chaplains across the country. It also enables all our churches and ministers to be supported and helped through the work of the Regional Associations and the specialist teams in Didcot.
Safeguarding for the protection of adults and children from harm, abuse or neglect. Every church should adopt safeguarding policy statements for children, young people, and adults at risk. We help churches maintain safe environments for all, with processes to follow should something go wrong, and support for everyone involved.
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Good record keeping is a vital part of safeguarding best practice. This guide sets out to help advise local Baptist churches about all aspects of the record keeping process, from the initial records made to the appropriate storage and retention of such records. It applies to safeguarding records relating to both children and adults at risk.
Records should use clear, straightforward language and be concise and accurate so that they are easily understood by a reader who is not familiar with the situation. They should clearly differentiate between facts and opinion. It is important that safeguarding records are stored safely and securely, and are not kept for longer than is necessary.
Under the Data Protection Act 2018, organisations are required to meet certain requirements and principles in relation to what information is recorded, how this information is shared and with whom, and the arrangements for the storage of the records. It should be noted that this guide is provided for guidance only and does not constitute legal advice.