LGMI recognises the importance of its ministry to children, young people and adults at risk and its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of such people entrusted to its care.
This document sets out LGMI’s policy on the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk. It has been informed by the “Promoting a Safer Church” from the Church of England, with whom we work closely.
In this policy by the term “child” or “children” we mean all children and young people up to the age of 18 years, including unborn babies.
The fact that a child has become sixteen years of age, is living independently or is in further education, is in the armed forces, in hospital, or in prison or a young offender’s institution, does not change their status or their entitlement to services or their protection under the Children Act 1989.
In this policy, by saying “Adult at Risk” or vulnerable person we mean any person aged 18 years and over who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental health issues, learning or physical disability, sensory impairment, age or illness and who is or may be unable to take care of him/herself or unable to protect him/herself against significant harm or serious exploitation.
Where LGMI Evangelists work in partnership with, or under the auspices of third parties such as local churches which are legally responsible for the work, there would normally be a local safeguarding policy and support, for instance through the diocese, and it would normally be more appropriate to use that. However, where such policies or support are unclear, inadequate or ineffective, LGMI Evangelists are encouraged to obtain the support that they need through the CCPAS Helpline whilst ensuring that they comply with local policies, unless this would be illegal.
Some LGMI projects, notably the homeless projects at London and Cardiff, have local policies which are consistent with the principles of this policy but which have fuller explanations or slightly different procedures which are specific to them and their regulatory requirements, which they need follow in the case of allegations or suspicions.
For staff based in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, please note that there may be specific variations to you. For more information contact HR or your local Diocese Safeguarding Advisor.
The policy and procedure applies in full to all work for which LGMI is legally responsible, including building-based projects, field projects, training, research, offices and work being carried out by or under the auspices of employees or trainees of LGMI.