Children and vulnerable adults should be totally safe within our churches to learn about Jesus and to enjoy Christian fellowship without being put at risk. We do this primarily because it honours God, but we also want to make sure that we’re acting above reproach in the eyes of children’s parents, our communities and the government.
Although as a Fellowship we have no authority over our affiliated churches, we recommend that all our churches follow the guidance set out in these guidelines.
- Each church should have in place a written safeguarding policy for children and vulnerable adults. This policy should be appropriate for the circumstances of each church in terms of size, activities, facilities etc.
- Where a church organises activities that would fall within the definition of Regulated Activity as defined by the Protection of Freedoms Act (2012), the church should ensure that all those involved in these activities who are eligible for a Disclosure check have such a check in place (you can find out more about Disclosure checks in this article).
- We recommend that our affiliated churches become members of the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) in order to benefit from their expertise in the area of safeguarding. In order to facilitate this, we have arranged a scheme for FIEC churches joining CCPAS. CCPAS can also be used as an ‘umbrella body’ to obtain Disclosure checks when required.
- If any allegations of abuse arise within the context of a church, we encourage churches to cooperate fully with the relevant authorities. Churches should not attempt to investigate such allegations internally without reference to the relevant authorities. We will endeavour to provide pastoral support to affiliated churches in such circumstances.
Where appropriate and necessary, as a Fellowship we will also follow the above guidelines in any centrally organised activities.
FIEC Practical Services is the trading name of The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches Limited (FIEC Ltd.). FIEC Ltd. is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 251395, a Company incorporated in England No. 225717, and a Charity Registered in Scotland SC039913.
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