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Taking Care is the name of the child protection policy and programme of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Its aim is to create and promote a safe environment for children, young people and leaders. Next to proclaiming God's Word and the love of Christ, nothing could be more important than keeping our children and young people safe.

If you would like to speak to someone about a child protection concern in relation to the Presbyterian Church then speak to Richard Brown, our Designated Person, or contact the Taking Care Office at:

..............................................Assembly Buildings, Fisherwick Place,
..............................................Belfast, BT1 6DW
..............................................Tel: +44 (0)28 9041 7229
..............................................Email: takingcare@presbyterianireland.org

..............................................Email: dwebster@presbyterianireland.org
..............................................Tel: Monday to Friday: +44 028 9041 7229
..............................................Out of hours: +44 028 9041 7235

 

 

Taking Care Resources

The child protection guidelines of the Presbyterian Church Taking Care Two.

Application Form for New Leaders (includes the PCI cover sheet and Access NI form).

Access NI form Guidance Notes.

The Access NI's Code of Practice.

2014 Access NI form. NEW

Taking Care Newsletter. Latest Update

The Presbyterian Church In Ireland's policy on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.

This link will take you to all other Child Protection Forms.

Policy and Procedures

Child protection can be an intricate subject area which often throws up many questions. Below are some of the questions that you may have and links to the relevant section of Taking Care Two which will provide you with more information. If you can't find what you are looking for, please contact the Taking Care office.

Why does the church need a Child Protection Policy ? (Section 1)

What is Child Abuse ? (Section 2)

How do I Respond, Report and Record a child protection accident, incident or concern? (Section 3)

What is the Responsibility of Kirk Session, the Designated Person and the Taking Care Office ? (Section 4)

What is the Appointment Process for new leaders and what training is available? (Section 5)

What is the Responsibility of leaders and parents ? (Section 6)

What are the standards of Good Practice ? (Section 7)

What is the church's policy on the Internet, Social media and Mobile phones ? (Section 8)

What are the Risk Assessment requirements for organisational leaders? (Section 9)

What Legislation is relevant to child protection? (Section 10)

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland is a registered Umbrella body for Access NI. If you would like to use their services then please contact them at the above address.