Child Protection

Taking Care is the name of the child protection programme of the Methodist Church in Ireland. Our aim is to create and promote a safe environment for children, young people, leaders and staff. We have a legal duty of care to look after the children who attend our activities and provide a safe environment for them as best we can.

Our designated person in Ballinamallard & Trillick Methodist Church is -

JENNIFER GREY -
Email: jagrey2102@yahoo.co.uk
Tel No. 028 6638 8543

Jennifer follows the Recruitment and Appointment Process for new leaders which includes the vetting process according to legislation, make sure all leaders attend child protection training and are fully aware of the reporting process in case a child protection concern or incident were to arise.

Why does the Church need Child Protection

  • Its a Legal requirement
  • Its Biblical based
  • Our own protection
  • The world we live in

Classification

A child is a person under 18 years old. Where either children or young people are mentioned in the Guidelines, both are intended.

A leader is anyone 18 years old or over who is engaged in work or voluntary activity which involves regular contact with children or young persons.

A young leader or helper is a person aged between 15 and 18 years old who assists in organisations working with children.

A leader in a regulated position is an adult working either as a volunteer or in a paid position, teaching, training, instructing, care or supervision of children, carried out by the same person frequently (once a week or more often), or on 4 or more days in a 30-day period, or overnight.

A vulnerable adult is anyone aged 18 or over who cannot take care of themselves. This may be because they have a mental health problem, a disability, visual or hearing problems, are old and frail, or are ill.

PLEASE NOTE - If you work with children/young people/vulnerable adults it is important that you have your Child Protection Policy training in place, you do not want to put yourself, the person being cared for or your church at risk.  Training needs to be updated every year, and notifications are made when training is coming up.  If you have any queries please speak to Jennifer.