Elim Oasis Church takes very seriously its responsibility to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm. Legally this is known as Safeguarding. As a church, we are part of the Elim movement, which has other churches in the UK and abroad. The General Superintendent of Elim, who is the leader/head of the Elim, has issued this statement:
Elim is committed to creating healthy churches and safe spaces for all. We recognise the ways in which children and adults can be at risk of harm or abuse, so endeavour to create a culture to minimise opportunities for abuse to occur. Children rely on adults to keep them saftherefore all our churches working with children, either directly or indirectly, are committed to safeguarding children in their care. We seek to do this by providing a safe, stable, and nurturing environment where children can reach their full potential. Similarly, within our churches there are adults in need of protection, care and support due to vulnerability, whether that is a permanent or temporary state. We are aware too that within our churches there are relationships of trust, which flourish best within healthy churches and environments, where there is openness, transparency and accountability. We firmly believe that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and all involved in the life of our churches and activities have a role to play in keeping children, young people and adults safe.
Chris Cartwright – General SuperintendenT
Elim Oasis Church’s Safeguarding Officer is Vanessa Proctor, and the Acting Deputy Safeguarding Officer is Sheila Sheila Walker. You may contact them using the contact form below. This form goes directly to them, so please do not use the general church contact form on this website. Our Safeguarding Policy is here; if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Vanessa or Sheila.
If you so wish, there is an online referral form which Elim’s national safeguarding team uses to ensure robust record-keeping for all safeguarding matters. Anyone can raise a safeguarding concern via this form. Copies of the form are automatically sent to the national safeguarding team and the referrer. The national safeguarding team follow up on any referrals received. When Vanessa and Sheila receive information that needs to be passed on to the national safeguarding team, they complete this online form to give the national team any further information that is needed.