Providing a safe environment for all who are part of our churches is a vital part of how we work within EBA. We offer regular training events across the Association [link to training page https://www.easternbaptist.org.uk/news/safeguarding-training-2019/]. If there is not an event planned near you in the near future please contact us [link to secretary contact us link] and we will do our best to offer the training you need.
In addition to training there is a comprehensive collection of forms, model procedures, policies and service ideas available on the Baptists Together website. This includes advice about applying for DBS checks and an excellent series of Guides on a range of specific safeguarding issues.
Nick Lear is the Regional Minister who takes the lead on safeguarding issues so if you have a query or an issue arises please contact him on email@example.com or on 07449965282 (If Nick is unavailable on the phone please leave a message and he will get back to you as soon as possible.
You can also get free advise from thirtyone:eight (formally CCPAS) on 0303 003 11 11 or their out of hours service, but please ONLY USE THIS IN AN EMERGENCY
We advise you Designated Person for Safeguarding or your Safeguarding lead person to contact Nick for advice and support if a particular safeguarding issue arises that you feel may need to be reported to the authorities. However, IF THE SITUATION IS URGENT DON’T DELAY, CONTACT THE AUTHORITIES IMMEDIATELY and let Nick know afterwards.