CCPAS was delighted to welcome church leaders from across the UK to our first ever BMC consultation event to help develop safeguarding strategy and support.
The consultation last Thursday saw CCPAS and leaders from black and multicultural churches develop plans to support and develop safeguarding structures in their church communities.
Safeguarding risks are often the awareness points for diverse communities and evidence has shown that many of these churches are very isolated when dealing with these concerns.
The consultation looked at ways of improving communications between CCPAS and the BMC community in order to keep them informed of the latest developments and changes in safeguarding.
Time was also spent looking at factors that may exist from the mainstream expressions of faith and how to generate more appropriate responses to minimise discrimination and oppressive practice.
Bishop Joe Aldred who is responsible for Pentecostal and Multicultural relations at Churches Together in England said: “The responsibility for creating and maintaining safer spaces for everyone, especially vulnerable children and adults, is a sacred one in every local church.
“It is by ongoing training and vigilance that this can be achieved. I was thrilled therefore to attend and support the recent day conference convened by CCPAS for church representatives.
“This is a partnership that portends good outcomes as together we commit to care for all who are involved in the lives of churches in this country and beyond.”
Annette Williams, a safeguarding advisor at CCPAS who led the event, said: “We are aware there are many churches who work in diverse communities and require special support in dealing with issues relating to safeguarding.
“A significant proportion of my work concerns diverse faith communities in the UK and developing a strategy to ensure these churches have the appropriate support to develop robust safeguarding structures and responses to risk within their environment.
“It so important that we work closely with faith groups and statutory agencies to get the balance right and ensure that those that need protection receive a compassionate and robust response to any concerns.”
Justin Humphreys, Executive Director of Safeguarding at CCPAS said “We were really pleased to welcome church leaders to our BMC consultation event and I am excited about future developments as we look to support them in their commitment to best practice in safeguarding.”