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Safeguarding: new info hub launched

A new online information hub to help people working in UK faith settings keep children safe from abuse has been launched by leading children’s charities ...

A new online information hub to help people working in faith settings and places of worship across the UK keep children safe from abuse has been launched by leading children’s charities.
 
Representatives from the UK’s six largest faiths have helped to produce a unique web resource, which brings together all the child protection work they have undertaken to help promote safeguarding in faith settings and communities.
 
The first of its kind initiative has been developed by the Safe Network charity, a partnership between the NSPCC and Children England, that recognises although the majority of children and young people benefit greatly from their involvement in faith-based activities and are protected from abuse, it can take place in some faith-based environments.
 
Now people who work in faiths including the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Sikh religions across the country will be able to learn from each other, exchange ideas and promote their work in a bid to ensure they all have robust safeguarding procedures in place.
 
Simon Massey Head of Safe Network said:
 
“Many thousands of children take part in faith-based activities every day, and, in the great majority of cases, this yields huge benefits for them in terms of their wellbeing and development. For many vulnerable children, faith communities are also vitally important ‘eyes and ears’, and can take protective steps if they are worried about a child.  
 
“Keeping children safe and valuing them are principles at the heart of all the major faiths, and there is some great safeguarding work being done in faith communities. We want to use the Hub to showcase this, and to help spread this good practice.
 
“There are, of course, some faith settings where safeguarding arrangements are not working well. There are also a minority of situations where children are being subjected to abuse that links to faith or belief.
 
“Child abuse cannot be accepted in any form we need to make sure that people who work with children understand that it is their responsibility to ensure they are happy and safe.”
 
The new resource will include personal videos from individuals within each faith which give an insight into what each faith teaches about the value of children and how adults should behave towards them.
 
It will also feature stories about different child protection scenarios and dilemmas that could arise in the different faiths as well as details about specialist organisations who can provide safeguarding support.
 
To view the new resource or for more information please visit http://www.safenetwork.org.uk/resources/mfsh/Pages/mfs-hub.aspx

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