Bromley Reform Synagogue – Statement of Safeguarding Principles

This statement applies to all staff, including paid staff, Board and committee members, volunteers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of Reform Judaism.

The purpose of the BRS safeguarding guidance and procedures is to protect all children, young people and vulnerable persons in our care or who receive our services.

We believe that no person should ever experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable persons to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.

Key principles:

  • The welfare of the child/young person/vulnerable person is paramount.
  • All persons, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers, vulnerable persons and other agencies is essential in promoting everybody’s welfare.
  • An on-going commitment to providing safe and risk assessed provision for children and young people.
  • Knowing how to identify different types of abuse and, where appropriate, refer concerns.
  • A safeguarding and child protection policy.
  • Training staff in safeguarding and child protection.
  • Having a designated safeguarding officer.
  • A safer recruitment policy and procedures.
  • Completion of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
  • Keeping up to date with statutory safeguarding requirements and best practice.

SAFEGUARDING OFFICERS

The BRS safeguarding officers can be contacted if you have concerns.

 

Reporting Concerns & Finding Support

BRS is not currently able to offer an emergency or 24-hour response. If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay.

We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. Here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services.

  •  NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours) Phone if you are worried about a child.
  •  Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours)
    Phone if you are child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours) Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours)
    Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Mon-Fri 9-5pm)

BRS take all reports of abuse within their services, whether current or historic, seriously and will immediately enact our safeguarding policy and contact the relevant authorities as appropriate.