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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

Click here to read this report.