What’s the new vision?Our vision is a world where every child and adult can feel, and be, safe. Creating safer places is how we achieve that, and we do this together, in partnership with organisations and individuals. People are at the heart of everything we do because we’re driven to protect vulnerable people. Together.
We will continue to:
- Equip society with the knowledge and skills to create safer environments for children and adults at risk.
- Empower society to respond appropriately to those who are vulnerable or have experienced abuse.
- Encourage society to stand against oppression and exploitation by informing legislation and striving to raise the standards in safeguarding practice.
Why have you changed your name?
We found that our previous name – Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) - no longer adequately reflected who we are, and the scope and range of services we provide. As an independent Christian charity offering a complete safeguarding solution we work alongside organisations, faith, community and government groups, making sure that they are equipped and empowered to protect vulnerable people. We provide training, consultancy, disclosures and a 24 hour helpline, as well as leading the way in informing legislation and promoting high standards in safeguarding practice. We recognised the need for change and to better communicate who we are and why we do what we do. We’re motivated and inspired by our biblical mandate to ‘speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable’ as described in Proverbs 31:8 from where we get our name.
What’s changed in safeguarding?
Over the last 40 years that we’ve existed, we’ve seen some fundamental and positive changes in the safeguarding arena, particularly in the Christian community. From being a lone voice, we’ve seen many of the major church denominations now taking seriously their responsibility to safeguard those in their care. We’ve also seen some new and emerging issues arise, as organisations seek to tackle the challenges their communities face. Changes in legislation and governance have also meant the landscape of safeguarding has changed and greater political devolution has brought greater variances in guidance across the four nations of the UK. With an increase in awareness has come an increase in the need for our specialist advice and support.
When will you be changing?
On Tuesday 3rd July 2018 we launched our new name and vision to the public. Over the following few months, our website, resources and services will be updated to reflect our new identity. This phased approach will allow time for our members to make the necessary updates to their information. We will be closely communicating with our members the details of each update and specifically how to continue to access the vital services they rely on.