‘You are here to defend the defenceless, to make sure that the underdog gets a fair break; Your job is to stand up for the powerless, and prosecute all those who exploit them  Psalm 82 v 3 – 4’ 

Safeguarding means having a culture of vigilance where everyone knows their responsibilities and acts accordingly, and everyone is aware of what they can expect and what to do if they have concerns. Safeguarding ensures that people can prosper, work safely and also protects children and young people and adults at risk.

STOP PRESS – Good Practice 6 was launched on 12th October , more details here

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The Synod Safeguarding Officer is Belinda Herbert who  oversees safeguarding both children and young people and adults.

Belinda can be contacted on 07716 640 596.

Belinda is available during Office Hours. If you have an urgent safeguarding query or concern at any time you can get in touch with your Local Authority Children’s Social Care or Adult’s Social Care Teams. In an emergency or if you are concerned that someone is at risk of harm or in danger please dial 999 immediately and ask for the police

Key Local Church Safeguarding Priorities.

  • Respond to incidents and allegations effectively
  • Seek support from the Synod Safeguarding Officer
  • Create a safe environment within Church
  • Ensure that the Church has an up to date safeguarding policy which is renewed annually and that the Church adheres the denominational policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that every Church appoints a Safeguarding Coordinator for children and adults at risk. For those undertaking this role the URC offers helpful guidance
  • Ensure that Safer Recruitment practices are followed completely in line with Good Practice 5 guidelines.
  • Elders and Trustees awareness of their legal requirements to safeguard. 

The URC Safeguarding Policy, the Good Practice 6, can be downloaded here. A list of all the relevant Good Practice 6 Appendices can also be located here as well as the main URC Safeguarding page which has lots of useful resources.


 Page updated 17 January 2024