The Trustees recognise that within its ministry, Boaters' Christian Fellowship (BCF) has a
responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of all people.
As part of its mission, the Charity is committed to:
The BCF believes that all people have the right to be protected from abuse. It recognises
that some “children” (anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday) and “adults at risk”
(any adult aged 18 years or over who due to disability, mental function, age, illness or
traumatic circumstances may not be able to take care or protect themselves against the risk
of significant harm, abuse, bullying, harassment, mistreatment or exploitation. A person may
be an “adult at risk” temporarily or permanently due to their circumstances – as defined by
Thirtyone:eight formerly CCPAS) are the victims of neglect, or physical, sexual, emotional,
financial and spiritual abuse. The Trustees have therefore adopted the procedures set out in
this document (hereafter “the policy”). It also recognises the importance of constructive links
with statutory and voluntary safeguarding agencies.
The Trustees are committed to on-going safeguarding training for all those who work with
children and adults at risk and will regularly review the operational guidelines included.
The Trustees undertake to ensure there is no abuse of trust. See section 9.
If members of BCF are working alongside other charities and organisations, such as Canal
Ministries or a local church, for a period of time then the policies for the leading charity
should be adopted for the course of the collaboration.
A designated person for safeguarding (DPS) and a deputy designated person for
safeguarding (DDPS) will be appointed at the first Trustees’ meeting of the year when the
policy is also reviewed. They are nominated by the Trustees to act on the charity’s behalf in
referring allegations or suspicions of neglect or abuse to the statutory authorities, In the
absence of the DPS, or if the suspicions in any way involve the DPS then the report should
be made to DDPS.
To contact DPS Mark Macaulay 07866 0740612
To contact DDPS Ann Murphy 07986 567105
come from the misuse of power and control that someone has over another. It can be
perpetrated by an individual or a group, or from child to child, or from one adult at risk
towards another. Abuse can occur in a family, in an institutional or community setting or via
the internet and social media; by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger.
To inflict pain, physical injury or suffering. This includes, hitting, slapping, beating, shaking,
pinching, throwing, pushing, kicking, burning, drowning, hair pulling, squeezing, suffocating,
poisoning, and using inappropriate restraint. It also includes when a parent or carer
fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.
The use of threats, fear or power gained by another’s position, to invalidate the person’s
independent wishes. This includes mocking, coercing, threatening, controlling behaviour,
bullying, intimidation, harassment, humiliation, lack of privacy or choice, denial of dignity,
deprivation of social contact or deliberate isolation. Making someone feel worthless, a lack of
love or affection or ignoring the person. Such behaviour can create very real emotional and
psychological stress. In children it can cause severe and persistent adverse effects on their
emotional development. All forms of abuse have an emotional component.
For an adult, any non-consenting sexual act or behaviour. For a child, forcing or enticing a
child to take part in sexual activities whether or not the child is aware of what is happening or
has given consent. The activities may or may not involve physical contact. No one should
enter a sexual relationship with someone for whom they have pastoral responsibility or hold
a position of trust.
A person’s wellbeing is impaired and their care needs are not met. In a child, neglect is likely
to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect can be
deliberate or can occur as a result of not understanding what someone’s needs are.
The inappropriate use, misappropriation, embezzlement or theft of money, property or
The inappropriate use of religious belief or practice; coercion and control of one individual by
another in a spiritual context; the abuse of trust by someone in a position of spiritual
A person may suffer more than one category of abuse.
All allegations of abuse shall be taken seriously and reported to the DPS or DDPS.
Everyone has their part to play in helping to safeguard children and adults at risk within the
life of the fellowship.
What to Do
What Not to Do
|Children: If you have any concerns about a child’s welfare or if a child discloses abuse to
you, you must ALWAYS PASS THIS ON.
Adults: If you have any concerns about an adult’s welfare or an adult discloses abuse to
you they have the right to tell you not to pass it on. Adults have the right to refuse help. You
may only report concerns to the appropriate authorities against their wishes when: the adult
lacks the mental capacity to make such a choice, there is a risk of harm to others or in
order to prevent a crime. Even when an adult doesn’t give consent a clear record should be
kept and the situation monitored.
Those who receive an allegation shall make an immediate note of it in writing, recording the
facts in language used by the person making the allegation. If possible get the maker of the
allegation to agree the statement. Leading questions should not be asked or any action
taken to enhance the allegation.
Neither the person who is reporting the abuse or the DPS/DDPS shall engage in any form of
investigation. A report will be made to the appropriate authorities and advice immediately
sought from a professional body e.g. Thirtyone:eight (formally CCPAS).
The person making the allegation should be supported at all steps. The person must be
made aware that confidentiality cannot be kept where a serious allegation has been made.
Priority shall be given to the safety and welfare of the individual.
Under no circumstances should a Fellowship member carry out their own investigation into
the allegation or suspicion of abuse. The person in receipt of allegations or suspicions of
abuse will do the following:
BCF does not employ anyone therefore safer recruitment processes are not directly
applicable; however, before specific events such a mission, those taking the lead shall
confirm that relevant checks have taken place as well as ensuring that volunteers have the
appropriate skills and background.
All members actively involved within BCF should be aware of the Safeguarding policy and
hence aware of good practice and procedures. This should be part of any pre-mission
discussion and planning. The trustees will facilitate any safeguarding training that a member
feels they need to support the work of the Fellowship.
The Trustees are committed to offering pastoral care and support to those who have been
affected by abuse, working with statutory agencies as appropriate.
When someone attending the Fellowship is known to have abused children, the Trustees will
supervise the individual concerned and offer pastoral care and, in their commitment to the
protection of children, set boundaries for that person.
Abuse of trust is any situation where a leader uses or misuses their position of authority in
terms of their relationship with, treatment of, or contact with someone who is under their
authority. Once you are in a leadership role it is easy to forget that others may behave
differently towards you because of that position you hold. We know, for example, that it is
easy for younger people or adults at risk to form strong attachments to adults who they feel
they can relate to. Every leader should be aware of the potential risk of this positive sense of
trust and connection turning into romantic or sexual feelings or actions, and should know
how to react when this happens.
A member or volunteer engaged in a ministry of the Fellowship shall NOT:
These points are to be followed by those acting on behalf of the Trustees in a pastoral
role. They do not preclude friendships and associations being formed on an individual
basis. The Fellowship is intended to be part of God's family and the people within it
should act in a brotherly/sisterly way. All should note that vulnerable adults can make attachments that are not helpful and could lead to inappropriate behaviour on their
All persons working with Children and Young People on behalf of the Fellowship shall:
Members should make sure that they have the person’s (or in the case of a child, their
parent/carer’s) permission to take a picture, and that the subject is happy with the intended
use of the pictures. When taking group pictures, members should remember to get
permission from everyone who will be photographed.
Care must be taken when communicating using electronic media. (see Appendix 3).
BCF Safeguarding Policy 2023. This policy will be reviewed annually at the first Trustees meeting of the year.
This form should be completed by the Designated Person for Safeguarding.
Click here for pdf of the Safeguarding Incident Form. Please contact us if you require an accessible version.
The Fellowship is committed to safe and adequate supervision for children and young
Children and young people should be supervised at all times. The number of adults present
should be related to the needs and age of the group and the nature of the activities
When working with children the following recommended minimum ratios of workers to
|Age Range||Recommended minimum ratio for
| Recommended minimum ratio for
|0 – 2 years||1:3 (minimum 2)||1:3 (minimum 2)|
|3 years||1:4 (minimum 2)||1:4 (minimum 2)|
|4 – 7 years||1:8 (minimum 2)||1:6 (minimum 2)|
|8 – 12 years||1 adult for the first 8, then one for
every additional ten children
(preferably one of each gender)
|2 adults for up to 15 children (preferably
one of each gender) with an extra adult
for every 8 additional children
|13 + years||2 adults for up to 20 children
(preferably one of each gender) with
an extra adult for every 10 additional
|2 adults for up to 20 children (preferably
one of each gender) with an extra adult
for every 10 additional children
The use of instant messenger services should be kept to a minimum. Workers should save
significant conversations and keep a log stating with whom and when they communicated.
Workers should have a site that is used solely for children’s / youth work communications
and is totally separate from their own personal site. This is to ensure that all communication
with children and young people is kept within public domains.
BCF Safeguarding Policy 2023
To enjoy the benefits of membership, which includes: