Writing a Policy

In developing safeguarding policy statements, a church will need to adopt both a policy statement and agreed sets of procedures by which that policy will be implemented.  Safeguarding policies should be a whole church concern.  They should therefore be adopted by the Church Meeting and also reviewed annually by the Church Meeting.

A policy statement makes it clear to staff, volunteers, parents and children what the church thinks about safeguarding, and what it will do to keep children safe.  For example, the following guidance on what should be contained in a children and young people's policy statement is based upon advice given by the NSPCC.

A policy statement sets out:

  • what the church wishes to say about keeping children, young people and adults at risk safe

  • why the church is taking these steps

  • how, in broad terms, the church is going to meet this responsibility

  • who it applies and relates to,(eg all staff and volunteers, children and young people up to 18 years of age)

  • how the church will put the policy into action and how it links to other relevant policies and procedures, (eg taking photographs and videos, recruitment, health and safety)

It should be no longer than one or two sides of A4 paper.  The policy statement should also:

  • identify the church, its purpose and function

  • recognise the needs of children from minority ethnic groups and disabled children and the barriers they may face, especially around communicatio

  • briefly state the main law and guidance that supports the policy

  • be signed and dated with a date identified for review

Download a model policy statements which comply with these guidelines. Churches are free to adopt these statements as they stand, although in doing so churches should carefully consider each of the statements and should also be aware that accompanying procedures will need to be developed that are relevant to the church’s own particular situation and context.