Safeguarding at TEN
Our commitment to safeguarding
In recent years, awareness of and concern about safeguarding has grown as high-profile scandals involving abuse have come to light in the entertainment, relief and sporting arenas. Tragically there have also been instances of abuse in churches and mission organisations.
Abuse, defined in part as manipulation, exploitation, domination and bullying (coercive and controlling behaviour), is incompatible with the gospel of love, compassion and grace proclaimed by Jesus and the apostles and so any organisation that has contact or works with children and adults at risk must ensure they are properly cared for and protected. Children are abused by adults, other children and young people. Adults are usually abused by other adults. It happens in every social, religious and cultural setting and can involve leaders, teachers and workers. We should not think ‘it could never happen in my organisation’, because it might!
Our motivation in producing Safeguarding Policies is based on our desire that God is glorified in all that we do, and because we are committed to upholding principles of justice, support and offering protection to those who are weak and at risk. While we seek to guard the organizational reputation of Transform Europe Network, our primary motivation is to ensure that we keep to the highest possible practices of safeguarding to provide assurance that moral leadership, systems, culture and the transparency needed to protect at risk people are in place.
We are aware that seeking to impose a UK model of safeguarding will not be successful in contexts where policy makers work from a different legislative framework and where there may be widely differing understandings of what constitutes abuse. Thus, TEN is committed to developing a safeguarding framework based on best practice in safeguarding within the UK context which can be combined with the knowledge and understanding from our partners about their local context, infrastructures, culture and beliefs. We continue to work alongside our partners to do what we can to support good safeguarding practice among partner ministries.