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Safeguarding 

Promoting a Safer Church

Our safeguarding policy is....

Hinckley Baptist Church Safeguarding Policy
Ref :HBC030
Objective :

To ensure that Hinckley Baptist Church recognises and fulfils its responsibilities in safeguarding all children, young people and vulnerable adults, regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability.

Description of Policy :
With Christ at the centre we seek to provide sanctuary for Hinckley by being a loving community of God’s People and offering a place where all are welcome to find security and wholeness in God’s holy presence.  As members of this church we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all associated with the church and will pray for them regularly. In pursuit of this, we commit ourselves to this policy and to the development of sound procedures to ensure we implement our policy well.

  • Prevention and reporting of abuse

It is the duty of each church member to help prevent the abuse of children and vulnerable adults, and the duty of each church member to respond to concerns about the well-being of children and vulnerable adults. Any Safeguarding issues disclosed, discovered or suspected will be reported in accordance with our procedures. The church will fully co-operate with any statutory investigation into any suspected abuse linked with the church.

  •  Safer recruitment, support and supervision of workers

The church will exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children and vulnerable adults, whether paid or voluntary. All workers will be provided with appropriate training, support and supervision to promote the safekeeping of children young people and vulnerable adults.

  • Respecting children and vulnerable adults

The church will adopt a code of behaviour for all who are appointed to work with children and vulnerable adults so that all children and adults are shown the respect that is due to them.

  • Safer working practices

The church is committed to providing an environment that is as safe as possible for children young people and vulnerable adults and will adopt ways of working with them that promote their safety and well-being.

  • A safer community

The church is committed to the prevention of bullying. The church will seek to ensure that the behaviour of any individuals who may pose a risk to children, young people and vulnerable adults in the community of the church is managed appropriately.

Use :
The policy will apply to all activities run by, or on behalf of HBC including Pathways and will include the activities of the Girls Brigade and Boys Brigade companies affiliated to HBC.
All other groups and organisations that use the church facilities will be required to operate their own safeguarding policy and procedures that will be subject to review by the Pathways Manager, will be required to ensure that their policies adhere to the HBC Safeguarding policy and that the policy and procedures are managed by their organisations management team.
 
Users :
All church Employees and volunteers who work with children and/or vulnerable adults will be required to work in accordance with this policy and procedures and in addition will be required to attend the BUGB Level 2 Excellence in Safeguarding training and also have a completed DBS check. They must also have a DBS check before working unsupervised. The Baptist Union of Great Britain publication an ‘Introduction to Safeguarding’ guide for new workers will also be made available to new workers.
 
Further Reference
When implementing this policy and procedures, further guidance can be sought from the model BU Safeguarding Policy and Procedure document.

Availability of Policy :

  • A copy of the safeguarding policy statement will be available from the church office, and is available on our church website.
  • Each worker with children and/or vulnerable adults will be given a full copy of the safeguarding policy and procedures and will be required to sign to confirm that they will follow them.
  • A full copy of the policy and procedures will be made available on request to any member of, or other person associated with the church.
  • The policy and procedures will be monitored and reviewed annually, and any necessary revisions adopted into the policy and implemented through our procedures.
  • The policy statement will be read annually at the church AGM, together with a report on the outcome of the annual safeguarding review.

 
 
Safeguarding contact points within HBC
The church has appointed the following individuals to form part of the church safeguarding team:
 
Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS)
He/She will advise the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.
 
Designated Person :       Jackie Hurst, Church Secretary
 
Alternative contact :       Lesley Muggleton
 
Safeguarding Trustee
The Safeguarding Trustee will highlight the importance of safeguarding within the church and oversee and monitor the implementation of the safeguarding policy and procedures on behalf of the church trustees. The Church trustee for HBC is the Church Secretary.
 
Our church minister is also an important part of the Church Safeguarding Team. Where possible, the Church Safeguarding Team will work together if and when issues arise. However, each person has a responsibility to report allegations of abuse as soon as they are raised.
 

Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit for the first time, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning when you visit us.

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Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 10:45am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and then find somewhere you are comfortable to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you will be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome lanyard.

There is limited parking available on the site, plus public car parks close by on each side of Stockwell Head (near to the Concordia Theatre) which are free of charge on Sundays.

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During the summer months the church is set out cafe style, as below, and we serve tea, coffee and cakes/biscuits from 10.15am, before the service begins. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

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Accessibility: We have wheelchair access and disabled toilets in our newly re-furbished foyer.   

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.45am with a warm welcome from one of our Members. Then follows a time of sung worship, often led by our band. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 15 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. One of our leaders or a visiting Preacher/Minister will then give a sermon/talk that is bible based, explaining how we can apply that message and teaching to our everyday lives. We then finish with a final worship song and a prayer. There is an opportunity to receive personal prayer at the end of the service, in a quiet place.  Just ask one of the Welcome Team to guide you to the right person and place...........

What about my kids?

Children

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:
  • Creche (under school age children). We don’t currently run a crèche, but children are welcome to play at the back of the church with toys and books we have for them.
S.A.L.T Sharing And Learning Together.
Older school age children go out into our children’s groups which we currently run on the 1st and 4th Sundays of each month (from Sept-June):-
  • 4-10 year olds (Reception to year 6)
  • 11-14 year olds (years 6 to 8)
  • 15-17 year olds (years 9 to 11)18+ stay in church for our service. We offer mentoring outside of service times. 
Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service. We really value worshipping God all together as a family for the first part of our service. When it’s time for the children to go out to their various groups, Leaders take them up to our Pathways centre for their activities and teaching. The kids group activities vary depending on the age. There is a friendly welcome, bible stories, sharing time, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please go along to collect your children once the service finishes, and then re-join us for our coffee and chat time.

On the 2nd Sunday of the month we have our Parade Service where Girls Brigade and Boys Brigade children and parents join us for a family friendly fun service. We serve breakfast for our Brigade families from 10am prior to the service starting at 10.45. 

On the 3rd Sunday of the month, alongside our normal morning service, we run Messy Church in the Pathways Centre. This is "alternative" church, which we run in the afternoon from 3-5pm. This is open to everyone, not just children and parents/carers. See our Messy Church page for what goes on here.
  
Please contact families@hinckleybaptist.com if you would like more details or information on our Families groups.

Getting Connected

Life Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, worship God, listen to good Bible teaching and catch up over coffee/tea, it is in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our Life Groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week. Check out Life Groups and see if you would like to join a group? We can put you in touch with a Life Group Leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to try their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you would like to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, please speak to one of our Welcome Team or if you would like to volunteer at one of our community based groups in Pathways, please contact admin@hinckleybaptist.com and someone will get back to you to chat about opportunities and current vacancies. 

Other Groups (Ministries):-
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome!
Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

We currently don't have a full time Minister. The church is run and managed day to day by elected members of our Leadership Team.

We hope that you will feel at home at Hinckley Baptist Church, and we look forward to meeting you.

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