The Filling Station Trust
Safeguarding Policy

Important Notice

This safeguarding policy applies exclusively to The Filling Station Trust. Every Filling Station meeting is an independent entity. Each local team is therefore responsible for ensuring that their meeting is both welcoming and safe. The Filling Station Trust recommends that meetings have their own Safeguarding policy. Information about safeguarding at a specific Filling Station can be obtained by contacting that meeting directly using the contact details on the Filling Station website (

SECTION 1: The Organisation

The objects of the charity are the advancement of the Christian religion for the public benefit through ecumenical Christian ministry, and the promotion of teaching on all aspects of Christian life and faith in accordance with biblical principles. In particular by facilitating prayer meetings, sung corporate worship, study groups, and the production and/or distribution of literature to enlighten others about the Christian religion.

The Filling Station Trust:

The Filling Station Trust undertakes to:

SECTION 2 – Prevention

Safeguarding Awareness

Safeguarding Training

Safer Recruitment

This includes ensuring that:

SECTION 3 – Recognising and responding appropriately to an allegation or suspicion of abuse

Understanding Abuse and Neglect

Responding to Allegations of Abuse

If a safeguarding concern is raised or an allegation made about a member of the Filling Station Trust staff the following procedure should be followed:

The role of the Safeguarding Coordinator/ Trustee Safeguarding Coordinator is to collate and clarify the precise details of the allegation or suspicion and pass this information on to statutory agencies who have a legal duty to investigate.

The Safeguarding Coordinator may need to inform others depending on the circumstances and/or nature of the concern (for example the Chair of Trustees will be informed to log that a safeguarding concern is being dealt with).

Suspicions must not be discussed with anyone other than those nominated above. A written record of the concerns should be made in accordance with these procedures and kept in a secure place.

Whilst allegations or suspicions of abuse will normally be reported to the Safeguarding Coordinator, the absence of the Safeguarding Coordinator should not delay taking advice from Thirtyone:eight and, if necessary, referral to Social Services or the Police.

Staff, Volunteers and Trustees of the Trust will support the Safeguarding Coordinator/ Trustee Safeguarding Coordinator in their role, and accept that any information they may have in their possession will be shared in a strictly limited way on a need to know basis.

If an individual is concerned that the Safeguarding Coordinator has not responded appropriately, or if there is a disagreement with the Safeguarding Coordinator as to the appropriateness of a referral they may contact the Trustee Safeguarding Coordinator or Thirtyone:eight directly.

If a safeguarding concern is raised, or an allegation made about a team member or guest at a Filling Station meeting to a member of the Filling Station Trust staff, the staff member needs to ask the person to raise the concern formally with the local Filling Station Team. It will then be duty of the local Filling Station Team to seek advice from Thirtyone:eight and proceed accordingly.

SECTION 4 – Practice Guidelines

As an organisation that occasionally works with adults with care and support needs we wish to operate and promote good working practice and minimise the risk of false or unfounded accusation.

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