As a Christian Organisation and UK Registered Charity we take safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. We believe that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.
A copy of our safeguarding policy can be found below, and we hope that the following questions and answers may be of help.
Please note an important statement that we would like all parents who wish to send their children on camp to read here.
The EMW have Safeguarding Officers that can be contacted for advice and support in relation to safeguarding concerns see contact details below.
- If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires urgent medical attention, please call the emergency services now on 999 – DO NOT DELAY.
- If you think that a child or adult is at risk of harm but is not in immediate danger, please call the local authority social services department.
What is the EMW?
The Evangelical Movement of Wales is a registered charity that been serving communities, churches and Christians throughout Wales for over 70 years. The charity is lead by a board of trustees who have full and final responsibility for its activities. More information can be found here, but some of the activities that we are involved with are running camps and conferences, providing resources and helping churches.
Do you take safeguarding seriously?
Yes, the EMW is committed to the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of all who come within its care. We aim to meet everyone’s needs within a safe environment. We also strive to protect children and adults at risk from abuse and will take action where abuse is suspected, has occurred or is likely to occur.
What do you do to ensure the safety of Children?
The EMW’s Policy is in keeping with the Welsh Assembly Government guidelines – The Welsh safeguarding Procedures 2019. Although not exhaustive the following points are a summary of how we ensure the safety and care of children:
- We ensure that workers are suitable for the work;
- We ensure that all workers are trained and follow correct safeguarding protocols;
- We ensure that all our activities are safe and properly supervised;
- We ensure that there are clear guidelines on how to spot and deal with the disclosure of abuse;
- We operate a system whereby children may talk with a suitable independent person if needed.
How do you check volunteers and staff?
The process of checking and vetting staff and volunteers include:
- Checking all workers with the DBS service to ensure that they are clear to work with children/vulnerable adults to the appropriate level for the post;
- Gain at least two written references for the worker (one from the leader of their church and the other from a person who has experience of the applicant’s work or voluntary service with children – where an applicant has no experience of paid or voluntary work with children, a reference may be sought from a reputable person who can comment on the applicant’s character and relationships with others);
- Ensure the full employment history is requested from the applicant;
- Explore applicants’ experience of working or contact with children in an interview (either face-to-face or over the telephone) before appointment;
- Supervise all newly recruited workers for a probationary period;
How do you ensure that your activities and events are safe for participants?
- All leaders of EMW activities receive training and follow current policies and procedures;
- All EMW activities and events are risk assessed by the leader and checked by an independent health and safety co-ordinator to ensure that risks are minimised;
- Information is clearly presented before the event and appropriate parental consent is requested for the activity is needed.
Are you insured?
The EMW is fully insured for its main activities through its insurers ‘Q Underwriting Services Ltd t/a aQmen Underwriting Services’.
All staff and volunteers of the EMW have a responsibility to ensure that all safeguarding policies are always followed. In addition, the key personnel are:
- Safeguarding Officer – Andy Pitt (contact here or 01248 354653)
- Deputy Safeguarding officer – Parry Davies (contact via 01248 354653)
- Staff member responsible for Safeguarding – Sharon Barnes (currently covered by Steffan Job) (01248 354653 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Safeguarding Administrative Officer – Rebecca Gethin (01248 354653 email@example.com)
- Health and Safety Officer – Steve Webster
- Chairman of trustees – David Norbury
What should you do if you are concerned about an activity or element of EMW work?
We would encourage you to do one of the following:
- You may contact the EMW Safeguarding officer confidentially through our contact page;
- You may contact Thirtyone:eight on 03030 03 1111 who are an independent body who provide help and support to the EMW in relation to safeguarding matters;
- You may contact your local social service department or police.
Need more information?
Please contact the Staff member responsible for safeguarding.