Safeguarding

Life Central takes the protection of children and vulnerable adults seriously.

Christian communities should be places where all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse, and are particularly called by God to support those less powerful and those without a voice in our society. Life Central is therefore working towards creating a safe and non-discriminatory environment and partners with ThirtyOneEight to develop this.

Tim Buckley | Safegaurding Lead

For any safeguarding queries or concerns please contact us directly on our Safegaurding EMAIL.

As Safeguarding Lead, Tim is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or adult with vulnerability.

You can also contact one of the following organisations who can provide support for those suffering abuse:

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline:
    0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line:
    0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • Samaritans Helpline:
    116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline:
    080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)

Life Central Church Safeguarding Statement

The Leaders of Life Central Church recognise the importance of its work with children, young people and adults in need of protection and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to their care. Specifically:

• We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of children and young people (those under 18 years of age) and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
• We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.
• All children and young people have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.
• We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
• We recognise the personal dignity and rights of vulnerable adults and will ensure all our policies and procedures reflect this.
• We believe all adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of the Church unless they pose a risk to the safety of those we serve.
• We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children and vulnerable adults.

In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.

Safeguarding Policy Document

Please click the button below to download a .PDF file of the Life Central Safeguarding Policy in full.

Note: This document will be subject to regular review and change by the church leadership & trustees in line with UK legislation and best practice.