Safeguarding people in faith communities
The Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) has published a report on their recent inter-faith breakfast meeting.
Churches and faith-based groups play a vital role in the lives of many children, young people and adults. People who contribute to the life of faith-based communities and places of worship have a role to play in keeping people safe. They also play a vital role in responding effectively and compassionately when someone comes forward to share concerns or disclose abuse.
A key message from SCIE’s breakfast event is that faith communities need to look outwards, and seek support, and opportunities to learn from others. They also need to focus on:
- getting the foundations right – having good and well understood policies and procedures in place
- creating clear leadership and governance structures, so that everyone connected to their communities knows who to go to for help
- ensuring staff and volunteers are trained and confident, so that they understand what to be aware of and how to respond to concerns or issues