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Safeguarding Policy

Last Updated: [01 September 2023]


At Elim Fountain of Hope, we are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all
members of our congregation, especially vulnerable individuals such as children, young people, and
adults at risk. This policy outlines our approach to safeguarding and how we will ensure the well-being
of everyone who participates in our church activities.
This policy is in effect during all our church activities, events, and engagements involving children,
young people, and adults who may need special attention. This includes our dedicated staff,
volunteers, and leadership team.

Safeguarding values

    • Treating every person with respect, upholding their dignity, and acknowledging their autonomy.
    • We take a proactive stance in preventing harm, abuse, neglect, and exploitation,
      implementing concrete measures to ensure everyone’s safety.
    • Concerns or incidents related to safeguarding are promptly reported and managed
    • We prioritize training and awareness, ensuring that our staff, volunteers, and leaders are well-
      versed in safeguarding procedures and fully comprehend their responsibilities.
    • Furthermore, we handle safeguarding matters with the utmost confidentiality, sharing
      information only with those directly involved.

Reporting concerns

If you have pressing worries regarding a child or an adult associated with the church, or if you have
concerns about the behaviour of a staff member or volunteer working within the church, you can reach
out and report your concerns to the Safeguarding team.

Daphile Achumba
Lead Safeguarding Coordinator

Suleiman Akokhia,
Deputy Safeguarding Coordinator

Read the full safeguarding policy here


External agencies

If you suspect a person is at immediate risk of harm, call 999 and speak to the police.

You can contact the Oldham Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) from 8:40 am – 5:00 pm on
Monday – Friday. Phone: 0161 770 7777
Email: adult.mash@oldham.gov.uk (adults)
Email: child.mash@oldham.gov.uk (children)

For urgent concerns outside office hours, you can call the Emergency Duty Team:
Phone: 0161 770 6936

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