South Central Gospel Partnership (SCGP) is committed to the care and safety of all those we come into contact with.  Any allegation or concern regarding abuse must be treated seriously and we ask you to let us know at the earliest opportunity, either if the concern relates to you or another. A concern can arise when you observe or suspect abusive behaviour, when an allegation is made or disclosed, or where there are indicators (signs and symptoms) of suspected abuse on the victim.

If anyone is in immediate danger, then please telephone the police on 999. 

To raise a concern within SCGP, please contact Matt Searles (Training Director) or James Muldoon (Trustee responsible for safeguarding). Matt may be contacted in confidence at St Ebbe’s Church, 2 Roger Bacon Lane, Oxford OX1 1QE, 01865 240438 or click on Matt’s name above to email. James may be contacted in confidence at Carey Baptist Church, Carey St, Reading RG1 7JS, 0118 959 0058 or click on James’s name above to email.

If you would like to report a concern or seek advice outside of SCGP please contact an external agency such as independent safeguarding charity Thirtyone:eight (info@thirtyoneeight.org or 0303 003 1111).

SCGP Statement on the safeguarding of adults

South Central Gospel Partnership ‘SCGP’ (incorporating Ministry Training Course)

This statement was adopted by the SCGP Trustees at their meeting held on 24 February 2021.

This statement will be reviewed each year.

  1. We recognize that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.
  2. We commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all adults to whom SCGP ministers.
  3. We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being through any and all interactions SCGP may have with them.
  4. We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
  5. We commit SCGP to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.
  6. It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of vulnerable people and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
  7. We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with people who may be vulnerable.
  8. SCGP is committed to supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work amongst people who may be vulnerable.
  9. We will seek out and adopt best practice guidelines.
  10. Each person who works on our behalf with vulnerable or potentially vulnerable people will agree to abide by this statement and the guidelines we establish.

We appoint James Muldoon to represent the concerns and views of vulnerable people at our meetings and to outside bodies.  He may be contacted in confidence at Carey Baptist Church, Carey St, Reading RG1 7JS, 0118 959 0058 or click on James’s name above to email him.

E P Bickersteth – Trustee

V E Roberts – Trustee

P S V Comont – Trustee

J M Muldoon – Trustee

Date: 24 February 2021