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Safeguarding at BCC

At Bawtry Community Church, we take seriously the care of children, young people and adults at risk of harm. We believe that everyone is created in God's image, and we all have value and worth. We see safeguarding as part of our biblical mandate to love, serve and care for one another. We seek to be a church that honours Jesus Christ in all we do including this vital part of church life. We work hard to ensure that all our activities operate in line with current best practice and follow the statutory and specialist guidelines as recommended by thirtyone:eight - see


Safeguarding Statement and policies

Early in 2022, the Trustees received a formal complaint about how church leaders had handled a safeguarding situation involving a prominent former member of the church. They commissioned an independent Safeguarding Review by Thirtyone:eight which reported in September 2022.

The Trustees considered the findings and reported to a Members Meeting that they had unanimously accepted the recommendations in the report. A public statement was then made to all attending the Church on Sunday 6th November.

The Trustees apologise unreservedly for all errors in judgement that caused hurt and distress to church members or anyone who attended church events. Those who have experienced abuse or distress are invited to come forward and speak to one of the safeguarding team.

A detailed copy of the statement can be found by clicking here.

Click below to read the various BCC Safeguarding documents.

a Safeguarding Policy ;

a Safeguarding Statement; and

a Safeguarding Code of Conduct

Safeguarding Leads
(see photos and details on the notice above)

We have two  Safeguarding Leads (Dr Jane Redden & Sharon Copperwheat). A poster with photos and contact details is also displayed in each room where BCC is meeting.

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