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Safeguarding : Volunteer Support Services


6 April - 3pm

As many more churches start or continue with volunteer support services to their local communities we hope that the two new guidance notes are of help to you.
The first note clarifies when DBS checks are needed for those carrying out volunteer activities in the community on behalf of the church eg, delivering food, delivering medication, checking up on the elderly and vulnerable.
The second note is to help those with safeguarding responsibilities as they brief people who are volunteering. It lays out some of the basic essentials of safeguarding good practice and also gives a set of short case studies based on community volunteering situations. If you are forming or have formed a new community volunteering team this will be useful tool as you brief them on safeguarding good practice.

A copy of this note is being sent by email to all registered DBS verifiers, safeguarding trustees and those who have the role of 'Designated Person for Safeguarding' in Baptist churches.

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The Government has recently updated their advice regarding coronavirus.
We are all aware that we are in extremely unusual times and there is much uncertainty about the future. The closing of our church buildings has had a major impact on our life together and presented challenges to how we operate as a church.
The Government has published guidance and a FAQs document to provide information on the Government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have revised our guidelines on weddings, funerals and baptism still further.
Guidance from our Legal Team on various legal and regulatory issues that have arisen because of the lockdown
Ministers and other church workers who are showing symptoms can now be tested for Covid-19
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