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Privacy and Safeguarding


Safeguarding is taken seriously by Immanuel Church.

  • We acknowledge children’s and adults right to protection from abuse, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs. We consider that the welfare of children is paramount. We will follow legislation, statutory guidance and recognised good practice in order to protect vulnerable people in our church.
  • We will seek to establish a caring environment in which there is an informed vigilance about the dangers of abuse.
  • We will implement, maintain and regularly review our procedures, which are designed to prevent and to be alert to abuse.
  • We appoint a Safeguarding Coordinator and Deputy Safeguarding Coordinator, who will have specific responsibilities for safeguarding, although we recognise that safeguarding is a whole church responsibility.
  • The Safeguarding Coordinator is the person to whom all concerns or allegations should be addressed. In the absence of the Safeguarding Coordinator, the Deputy Safeguarding Coordinator should be contacted.
  • We will organise activities in such a way as to promote a safe environment and minimise the risk of harm to children and adults.
  • We will follow a safer recruitment process for the selection and appointment of people to work with children or adults at risk, whether voluntary or paid, lay or ordained.
  • We are committed to providing support, supervision, resources and training to those who work with children and adults.
  • We will use rigorous and careful supervision to protect people from the risks associated with known offenders within the congregation, including implementing contracts with known offenders and those who have been assessed as posing a risk.
  • We believe that domestic abuse in all its forms is unacceptable and inconsistent with a Christian way of living and recognise that it can affect both adults and children.
  • All concerns and allegations of abuse will be responded to appropriately, including referring to the statutory authorities if necessary.
  • We will co-operate with the statutory authorities in any investigation, will follow multi-agency decisions and will maintain the confidentiality of any investigations to those directly involved.


Our primary Safeguarding Coordinator is Lena Hirst. She may be contacted regarding any information and addressing concerns or allegations.

She may be contacted via telephone: 01202 432155 or via email:

A full copy of our Safeguarding Policy may be found here.


Data Protection Policy

Immanuel Church is committed to:

  •  comply with both the law and good practice
  • respect individuals’ rights
  • be open and honest with individuals whose data is held
  • provide training and support for staff and volunteers who handle personal data, so that they can act confidently and consistently

Immanuel Church recognises that its first priority under the Data Protection Act is to avoid causing harm to individuals.  Information about staff, volunteers and clients will be used fairly, securely and not disclosed to any person unlawfully.

Secondly, the Act aims to ensure that the legitimate concerns of individuals about the ways in which their data may be used are taken into account.  In addition to being open and transparent, Immanuel Church will seek to give individuals as much choice as is possible and reasonable over what data is held and how it is used.

All processing of personal data will be undertaken in accordance with the data protection principles.

Find a full copy of our Data Protection Policy here