The Church Pastors and Elders of Birmingham City Church (BCC) recognise the importance of its ministry to children and young people and its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults entrusted to the church’s care.
God has called us at BCC to be a city Church serving Birmingham, the United Kingdom and the nations of the world.
As part of our mission we are committed to:
- Valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people as well as promoting their welfare and protection.
- Safe recruitment, supervision and training for all children’s & youth Workers within the Church.
- Encouraging and supporting parents/carers and good parenting practice.
- Maintaining links with the statutory childcare authorities and outside organisations so that we may share in their expertise and advice.
- Supporting anybody who has been affected by abuse.
- Adopt a procedure for dealing with any concerns relating to any form of abuse.
- Maintaining a safe environment for all.
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.
Please find our safeguarding policy available for download.
Can I volunteer at BCC with young people without a current DBS-clearance in place?
In a word: no. We place this restriction in place as a key part of our safeguarding to all our young people.
It is only permitted to be a volunteer in ministry at BCC with people under the age 18 with a current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance certificate in place.
If you are currently in the process of applying for a clearance check, you must still wait until that check has been completed before ministering in our children’s or youth work, otherwise there is a real danger that our young people could interact with people who have not been through an official check, and that could be very unsafe for them.
DBS Clearance Process
Please find our process steps for gaining a DBS clearance below.
We have also provided two more essential documents:
- A copy of our self-declaration form, which you will need to complete, sign and return to us
- A list of Approved Identity Documents for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks. Please look through this list carefully when you need to bring documents in for checking.
NSPCC Net Aware
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and mobile phone provider 02 have teamed up to provide an excellent resource for parents called Net Aware, which provides a comprehensive and searchable guide to the social networks used by young people and their functionality.
If you are concerned about what your children are able to access on-line, this resource can provide you with a lot of valuable help and information.