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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 safe, therefore 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


Safeguarding is the protection of children, young and vulnerable adults. It is about protecting those, who may not have a voice otherwise.

In our Church life we aim to:

  • Value, listen and respect children and young people as well as promote their welfare and protection.

  • Undertake safe recruitment, supervision and training for all children’s & youth workers within the Church.

  • Encourage and support parents/carers in good parenting practice.

  • Maintain links with the statutory childcare authorities and outside organisations so that we may share in their expertise and advice.

  • Support anybody who has been affected by abuse.

  • Adopt a procedure for dealing with any concerns relating to any form of abuse.  This procedure is an integral part of our safeguarding policy.

  • Maintain a safe environment for all.




It is the responsibility of the whole church family at Nantwich Elim to ensure a safe environment for everybody including children, young people and vulnerable adults.  The Church has appointed a safeguarding officer and two deputies to deal with safeguarding policy and practice within all aspects of Church family life. Details of our safeguarding team are contained within Nantwich Elim’s safeguarding policy.




Nantwich Elim Church Safeguarding Policy and Addendum 

Safeguarding Awareness Leaflet 




Cheshire East Safeguarding Children's Partnership

Concerned About an Adult

Cheshire Without Abuse Website

Elim Safeguarding Policy 2022/23

National Elim Referral Form




Nantwich Elim Church is a member of thirtyone:eight, a Christian organisation giving advice, providing training and undertaking DBS checks. The Church uses these services to ensure that all our workers have the relevant level of clearance when working with children, young people and vulnerable adults.  More information on thirtyone:eight can be found on the following link.





The Church complies with all current data protection legislation and associated guidelines.  These are applied to all aspects of the Church’s work and are regularly reviewed as part of our safeguarding overview.

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