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“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them “let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it and he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.”
Mark: 10, 13-16
We as members of St. Andrew’s Church, Biggleswade, care about and wish to support, the children and young people of Biggleswade and the surrounding area. We value the opportunity to offer activity, to offer guidance and nurture and share the love of God in support of their development.
This we do by offering activity-based groups, holiday clubs, youth events and nurture activities linked to our church services. To these groups we invite all young people from Biggleswade and at times, involve others from the surrounding area. We do not set any specific entry criteria but we do expect an acceptable level of behaviour and respect for the beliefs of the Church.
This document sets out the policy of St. Andrew’s towards this important work. This policy is fully in line with St Albans Diocesan safeguarding policy. It includes appointment procedures for leaders as well as guidance for the operation of groups. It covers all activities that are organised in the name of St. Andrew’s with the agreement of the Parochial Church Council.
Reflecting the importance attached to this work, the PCC has appointed a Safeguarding team to oversee adherence to safeguarding policy within the Parish. This includes a Parish Safeguarding Officer to oversee any disclosure incidents a small team of lay representatives, the PCC Youth coordinator and a DBS “recruiter” who will assist in the recruitment process and manage the submissions to “thirtyone:eight”, St Albans diocese appointed DBS agents.
We thank God for our children and young people, and seek to learn more about God through each one of them. We pray that God will watch over them and us, that He will guide us in our nurture and that each child will valued as one of His Children.