Staying Safe

Keeping each other and ourselves safe from harm is very important and it’s something we take seriously.

Here you’ll find information about our safeguarding procedures, and our Covid-secure strategy.

 

 

We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Convention of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”.

Every individual is equally precious and deserving of support and protection. We also acknowledge that there are some groups within society who are less able to safeguard themselves, children and some adults deemed ‘at risk’.  For this reason we have set in place a ‘Safeguarding Everyone Policy’, which takes into consideration the needs of both of these groups.

Additionally in 2020, we must do all we can to ensure everyone is safe in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The steps we have taken in relation to Covid-19 are outlined below, with additional information about safeguarding. 

 

Covid-19: What have we done?

Since lockdown was first announced in March 2020 we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we’re protecting people as far as possible. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you back in person, or welcoming you for the first time.

If you’ve been before, you’ll notice that we’ve made changes. Everyone has a part to play in making sure we all stay safe, and we’ll be asking you to follow a few simple rules.

 

Steps that we have taken:

We have trained the team.

Members of the team stay at home if they or anyone in their household has symptoms of Covid-19.

We have created signs and posters so that we all know what to do.

When we open and close, we have checklists to ensure every step has been taken to keep us all safe. 

If someone has symptoms of Covid-19, or requires first aid, we know what to do. 

We have increased cleaning frequency and we ask people to clean certain areas after use. We consider when a 72 hour period of quarantine is needed for objects and we’ve reduced the quantity of both shared equipment and touchpoints.

We have changed the way we provide refreshments. 

We have increased ventilation upstairs in the venue. 

We have and will continue to keep up with policy changes and advice. 

What Do we ask of you?

Things we are asking you to do:

Stay at home if you are unwell (Covid-19 symptoms include: new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change in sense of smell or taste) 

If self-isolating or shielding, do use the online opportunities to join us.

Sign up online when coming, so we can safely socially distance.

In Tier 1, the ‘Rule of 6’ applies when arriving/leaving. However in Tier 2 and 3, you will only be able to arrive/leave as a household or bubble. 

Wherever possible please keep to 2m social distancing and wear face coverings indoors.

We are registered with Test and Trace, so scan on the way in and make sure you keep your device/ phone with you at all times.

Keep your hands clean using hand washing facilities or sanitiser. 

Non-contact greetings to say hi/bye are advised.

You must go home if unwell and let someone on team know, so we can make sure you and others are safe.

The 3 ‘S‘s of eating and drinking are: Safely (Only consume food/drink that you have brought or has been safely provided with good hand hygiene. Eat/drink Speedily and Stay-put (to avoid having your face covering removed unnecessarily or while walking around).

Where possible, take your waste with you, to avoid risk of transmission to those emptying the bins. 

Thank you.

Safeguarding everyone

We recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults at risk.

We acknowledge that children, young people and adults at risk can be the victims of physical, sexual, emotional abuse, and neglect.

In all we do, we aim to both consider and promote the needs of children, young people and adults at risk, which is precisely what Jesus taught.

Our Board of Trustees is committed to safeguarding everyone, and support the efforts of Katie Kay (Safeguarding Coordinator) and the team. Please see link below for a copy of our safeguarding policy.

Get in touch

If you have questions, want to share concerns or helpful comments about any of the above, please get in touch.

About ensuring we are Covid-safe: josh.kay@hopeoxford.org

About safeguarding everyone: katie.kay@hopeoxford.org