OLLBC abides by the Baptist Union policies and procedures for working with children, young people and adults at risk.
The following statement was agreed at the special meeting Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church in July 2011. It is read annually at the annual general church meeting normally held in May or June, where progress in carrying it out is monitored.
- As members of this church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults.
- It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.
- We recognise that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children, young people and vulnerable adults, whether paid or volunteer.
- The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults and to providing supervision.
- The church is committed to following the Home Office Code of Practice Safe from Harm* and adopts the guidelines and procedures published by the Baptist Union of Great Britain in its publication Safe to Grow (revised edition).
- Each worker must know the recommendations, and undertake to observe them. Each shall be given a copy of the church’s agreed procedures and Good Practice guidelines.
As part of our commitment to children, young people and vulnerable adults the church has appointed Dr. David Makanjuola to be Independent Person and Mr Jonathan Marvin and Mrs Caren Bholah to be Responsible Persons. Their role will be regularly explained to children, and their names, address and phone number(s) publicly displayed.
Using images of Children and Young People
Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church subscribes to the Baptist Union guidelines on using images of children and young people. These state that:
To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, we need your permission before we can photograph or make any recordings of children or young people. Occasionally, we may take photographs of children and young people at events. We may use these images in printed publications as well as on our website. We may also make video recordings at events.
Conditions of use
- We will not use personal details or full names (which means first name and surname) of any child or young person in a photographic image or video, on our website or in printed publications.
- We will not include personal email or postal addresses, or telephone or fax numbers on our website, on video, or in printed publications
- If we use photographs of individual children or young people, we will not use the name of that child or young person in the accompanying text or photo caption.
- If we name a child or young person in the text, we will not use a photograph of that child or young person to accompany the article.
- We may use group photographs or footage with very general labels, such as ‘children’s day’ or ‘youth festival’.
- We will only use images of children and young people who are suitably dressed, to reduce the risk of those photos being used inappropriately.