Under Data Protection legislation the Trustees of Buckhurst Hill Baptist Church are the Data Controllers and can be contacted by telephone on 020 8559 0222 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Information is collected about you to enable the church to keep in contact with you and provide pastoral support as appropriate. Data Protection legislation allows us to process this information as we regard it as being in the church’s legitimate interest.
Your name and contact details will be entered into our church database which is held on church computers which are password protected and accessed only by the Church Administrator, Pastor, designated Trustees, staff members or authorised volunteers. Hard copies will be kept in onsite locked filing cabinets. Your contact details will be removed from the database once you are no longer attending the church – unless you ask to remain as one of our “church friends”.
BHBC may collect and store sensitive personal information such as health information and religious information. Sensitive information will be kept strictly confidential and stored securely. It is never sold, given away, or otherwise shared with anyone, unless required, by law. This information will NOT be disclosed to anyone else without your consent, unless required to do so by law.
You have the right to withdraw consent at any time for us to hold and process your data. You have the right to ask to see any information we hold about you by submitting a ‘Subject Access Request’ to the church. You also have the right to ask for information which you believe to be incorrect to be rectified. We may refuse your request to access, amend or delete your personal information in certain circumstances. If we do refuse your request, we will provide you with a reason for our decision and, in the case of amendment, we will note with your personal information that you have disputed its accuracy.
Although we will do our best to protect your personal data and take security measures to protect your information from access by unauthorised persons and against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction and damage, the Internet is not a secure method of transmitting information. Accordingly, BHBC cannot accept responsibility for the security of information you send to or receive from us over the Internet or for any unauthorised access or use of that information.
The data protection policy and the privacy notice (hard copies) are kept in the church office and can also be viewed on our website. They may be updated from time to time.
If you are concerned about the way your information is being handled please contact the church Trustees. If you are still unhappy you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioners Office.
Version: 25th May 2018
Data Protection Policy
Our Data Protection Policy can be viewed here and a hard copy is available in the church office.
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Policy Statement on Safeguarding in the Church
BUCKHURST HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
(Referred to as ‘the church’ in this Policy Statement)
The church recognises its responsibilities for the safeguarding of all young people under the age of 18 (regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability) as set out in The Children Act (1989 and 2004), Safe From Harm (HM Government 1994) and Keeping Children Safe (July 2015).
As members of this church we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all associated with the church and to praying for them regularly.
In pursuit of the above we commit ourselves to the following policies and to the development of procedures to ensure their implementation.
Prevention and reporting of abuse
It is the duty of the church to prevent neglect, bullying and the physical, sexual, spiritual and emotional abuse of children, and the duty of the church to respond to concerns about the well- being of children and to report any child abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected. The church will cooperate fully with any statutory investigation into any suspected abuse linked with the church.
Safe recruitment, support and supervision of workers
The church will exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children, whether paid or volunteer. All workers will be provided with appropriate training, support and supervision to promote the safekeeping of children.
The church operates a policy for all those who are appointed to work with children so that all children are shown the respect that is due to them.
Safe working practices
The church is committed to providing a safe environment for activities with children and will adopt ways of working with them which promote their safety and well- being.
A safe community
The church is committed to the prevention of bullying of children. The church will seek to ensure that the behaviour of any who may pose a risk to children and young people in the community of the church is managed appropriately.
Adults at Risk
As far as relevant, the above provisions will apply also to the church’s work with adults at risk.
Buckhurst Hill Baptist Church Safeguarding Team
The church has appointed a Safeguarding Team consisting of:
- John Hunter (07931 890891)
- Coleen Spurdens (07714 250931), Safeguarding Trustee, who oversees and monitors the implementation of the policy on behalf of the church’s charity trustees.
- Ebb Kanga (07807 542585)
Administrative support of the Team is provided by Justine Keel.
The Safeguarding Team works together if and when issues arise.
A Designated Person will be named in due course. Meantime, John, Ebb or Coleen can be contacted about any safeguarding concerns.
Policy and Procedures
Each worker with children or adults at risk will be given a full copy of the policy and procedures and will be asked to sign to confirm that they are willing to follow these.
A full copy of the policy and procedures will be made available on request to any member of, or other person associated with, the church.
The policy and procedures will be reviewed annually.
The Policy Statement will be read annually at the church members’ AGM.
Redbridge Safeguarding Children’s Board
020 8708 5350 (9am- 5pm)
020 8553 5825 (after 5pm)
Waltham Forest Children’s Safeguarding & Protection Service
020 8496 3646 (9am-5pm)
020 8496 3000 (after 5pm)
Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board
A copy of the full policy can be seen in the Church office.