The United Reformed Church is committed to safeguarding the well-being of all who belong to or engage with our churches. As a denomination the United Reformed Church has developed good practice policies and procedures, which can be accessed at http://www.urc.org.uk/discipleship/safeguarding.html.
Our Synod is particularly concerned to ensure the well-being of children, young people and vulnerable adults. To support this The National Synod of Scotland has a service agreement with the Church of Scotland Safeguarding service
to support churches by:
* offering awareness raising and training on safeguarding
* guiding and supporting churches to ensure their good practice
* responding to or offering advice on safeguarding concerns
The National Synod of Scotland safeguarding coordinator is Ruth Goold.
Past Case Review
Along with many organisations, the United Reformed Church is painfully aware that in some instances mistakes have been made. It has consequently initiated a Past Case Review, with the invitation to anyone who feels or is aware of a hurt from the past, to get in touch in complete confidence, and share their concern. The following statement has been issued by the Church:
We have all made mistakes and we want to learn from those mistakes.
People have been hurt by bullying or abuse in churches in the past. Things went wrong and people may be carrying the hurt inside them. We want to learn from the past and do better in the future. The Past Case Review is a way for the United Reformed Church to listen and to learn.
We truly want to hear about any behaviour which may need challenging, or if you have been hurt in the past by anyone in the United Reformed Church.
If anyone who has had any connection with your church wishes to share something that has happened to them within any United Reformed Church, we would ask them to get in touch with the Past Case Review team.
We want our churches to be safer places, where people can grow without fear.
Telephone: 020 7916 8682
Further resources and information are available online at www.urc.org.uk/past-case-review