Safeguarding

Safeguarding Statement

Dundee Unitarian Church is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their well-being.

Anyone with safeguarding concerns related to people attending the Dundee Unitarian Church should speak to our safeguarding officer, or our Deputy Safeguarding Officer,

 

Our safeguarding aims and objectives

Name of Place of Worship: Williamson Memorial Unitarian Christian Church commonly known as the Dundee Unitarian Church.

 

Williamson Memorial Church is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their well-being.

  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
  • We recognise that the personal dignity and rights of vulnerable adults and will ensure all our policies and procedures will reflect this.
  • We believe all adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of Dundee Unitarian Church.
  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with children and vulnerable adults.
  • We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We will make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.

 

We are committed to:

  • Following statutory denominational and specialist guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and ensuring that, as a Place of Worship, all workers (including volunteers) will work within the agreed procedure of our Safeguarding Policy.
  • Implementing the requirements of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007, and all other relevant legislation.
  • Supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work.
  • Ensuring that we are keeping up-to-date with national and local developments relating to Safeguarding.
  • Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by the Church.
  • Supporting any who visit and attend this Place of Worship who have been affected by abuse.

 

 We recognise that

  • Children’s Social Services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child.
  • Adult Social Care has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a vulnerable adult.
  • Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.
  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.