Church Policies

If you would like to see any of our policies in full, please contact us.

Data Protection Policy

Hope Community Church complies with the 1998 Data Protection Act. Appropriate measures are taken to ensure no unauthorised access to, alteration, disclosure, destruction, accidental loss or distortion of personal data takes place within our organisation.

E Safety Policy

This policy and the procedures that it underpins apply to all staff, including Elders & Deacons and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, students and anyone working on behalf of Hope Community Church.

To protect children and young people who receive Hope Community Church’s services and who make use of information technology (such as mobile phones, games consoles and the Internet) as part of their involvement with us;

To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to e-safety;

To ensure that, as an organisation, we operate in line with our values and within the law in terms of how we use information technology.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure service to assess workers and volunteers suitability for positions of trust, Hope Community Church complies with the CRB Code of Practice and undertakes to treat all workers and volunteers for positions fairly. It undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a disclosure on the basis of conviction or other information revealed.

Child Advocates

Katy McKay and Nick Lewis hold the role as Child Advocates.

We recognise that children are an important part of the church and we endeavour to empower them to reach their full potential. We want the children at Hope Community Church to know that they are valued, listened to and that their views and wishes are taken into account.

Katy and Nick’s role is to be someone who can be a voice and speak on behalf of the children at Hope. They will represent the children’s views and needs with regard to ministry, mission, worship and their pastoral care, which might include being someone to whom children or young people feel they can go to with concerns or even to disclose abuse.

Katy and Nick visit the children in Uber regularly to let them know about their role and to encourage the children to come and speak to them if they have anything they would like to talk about. They are available most Sunday mornings and their contact details are on display on Sunday mornings and also at our Hub building.

Safeguarding Policies

Hope Community Church is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of all its members and visitors, especially children and vulnerable adults, at all times. We expect the whole community to share this commitment, and training, monitoring and reporting procedures are in place to ensure this commitment is realised.

Vulnerable Adults Policy

Hope Community Church recognises that the welfare of a Vulnerable Adult is paramount and that they have equal rights of protection. A vulnerable adult is defined as anyone over the age of 18 who may be unable to protect themselves from abuse or harm and is receiving or in need of community care services. This vulnerability may be due to the fact that a person is older and frail, has a physical or learning difficulty or a mental health problem.

We accept a duty of care when Vulnerable Adults are in our charge and we will do everything we can to provide a safe and caring environment. Where necessary we will work with all statutory agencies to try to protect vulnerable adults.

Our Vulnerable Adult Protection Officer is Mr Steve Louis.

Child Protection Policy

At Hope Community Church we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of children, young people and their workers.

We recognise that our work with children and young people and the support of parents and families is the responsibility of the whole church.

The Church is committed to:

  • Following the Home Office Code of Practice, Safe from Harm (1993).
  • Supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children and young people.
  • Each worker must adhere to our agreed Safeguards and Child Protection policy.
  • We have an appointed Child Protection Administrator and Children’s Advocates.

Equal Opportunity Policy

Hope Community Church is committed to providing services which are accessible and responsive to staff, volunteers, service users, family and friends, advocated needs irrespective of age, gender, ability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, economic status or religious beliefs. This policy aims to ensure that no trainee, service user, volunteer or paid worker suffers any discrimination on any grounds.

We believe that not establishing and adhering to an equal opportunities policy would be failing the our ethos. Thus, all forms of discrimination are opposed.