Enabling mission and Christian living
Providing a safe environment for all who are part of our churches is a vital part of how we work within SEBA. We offer regular training events across the Association, details can be found below. If there is not an event planned near you in the near future, please contact us to book a trainer.
‘Safeguarding’ is the practice and procedures we undertake in our church communities with the aim of providing safe environments for all, including ministers, other paid workers and volunteers, as well as for the protection of adults, young people and children from harm, abuse or neglect.
Every church should adopt a safeguarding policy and have in place up-to-date procedures enabling ‘safeguarding’ to be a priority in their church context. The Baptist Union of Great Britain has a model policy and procedure to help you do that. This along with a number of other helpful resources can be found here
You can read the SEBA policy here
Remember, BUGB recommends that you renew your training at the appropriate level at least once every four years.
(All Age service version [8 minutes])
(covering Children & Adults at Risk):
[Level 2 is for the Minister, Trustees, Designated person for Safeguarding & all those who work with Adults at risk, Children & or young people. The course lasts 3 hours]
(covering Children & Adults at Risk):
[Level 3 is for Ministers, Trustees & the Designated person for Safeguarding and all who lead groups with Adults at risk, Children & or young people. The course lasts 3 hours]
For more info or to book please click here
There is a safeguarding introductory guide on the Baptists Together website, this guide would be good for anyone who is new into work with children, young people or adults at risk, and as a refresher for anyone who is planning to come to training. it can be found here.
If you are interested in becoming a safeguarding trainer for churches across the association please get in touch and ask for an application form, or if you are just interested in finding out more please contact us here
From 1 January 2017 all accredited persons and Nationally Recognised Pastors must undertake the BUGB level 2 and 3 safeguarding training every 4 years, and at least one on line module per year in the intervening years.
This requirement will not apply if the minister is serving as a Chaplain where safeguarding training is provided which is relevant to the ministry that they are undertaking. However, if they serve as a moderator or part time minister alongside this role they will need to undertake level 3 training with BUGB as this is relevant to their church context. A Chaplaincy Safeguarding Declaration is available from the Ministries Team; completion of this form means that you will not need to provide us with evidence of your safeguarding training while you are employed as a chaplain (unless you are a Moderator).
Ministers in retirement will not be required to engage in safeguarding training with BUGB unless they are serving in a retirement pastorate or as a moderator, in which case the normal requirements will apply.
In exceptional cases the MRC can determine whether an accredited person needs to undertake safeguarding training for the role that they are undertaking.
Our DBS check service is provided by Due Diligence Checking Ltd (DDC) who use a list of verifiers provided by our Baptist Union.
If you would like to add names to the list of DBS verifiers for your church then please complete the Verifier changes form available from the Baptist Union website. This should be returned to Denise Moore firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Denise Moore, Baptist Union of Great Britain, Baptist House, 129 Broadway, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 8RT.
If you act as a DBS verifier for your church and have any questions relating to the DBS process, please contact DDC on 01162 603055 or email email@example.com. Their customer support team will be very happy to talk with you. Alternatively, you can visit the Baptist section of the DDC website for more information including Quick Start Guides for their system: www.ddc.uk.net/baptists
All Ministers/Pastors require an up-to-date DBS disclosure for working in our Churches.
For a Baptist accredited minister or nationally recognized pastor ‘the appropriate agency’ for applying for this is the National Safeguarding Team of the Baptist Union. This enhanced disclosure must be undertaken by the South Eastern Baptist Association (SEBA) through DDC on behalf of the National Safeguarding Team.
For other ministers you will be expected to hold an enhanced disclosure which will be undertaken by the church.
During 2018, the Baptist Union paid £15,000 in fees on applications for DBS applications which were subsequently withdrawn. This is a waste of Home Mission funds!
Please remember: DBS checks are free for volunteers in our Churches, but every time an application for a volunteer DBS is begun… even just putting someone’s name on the online form… BUGB (Home Mission) pays out £12!
Baptist Union of Great Britain has made available a number of resources and guides to help you in your safeguarding work.
They can be accessed on the BUGB website at https://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/220880/Safeguarding.aspx
Maeve Whitchurch is the SEBA Safeguarding lead and first port of call for any queries or issues.