Child Evangelism Fellowship of Ireland (CEF) is committed to reaching out to children and to teaching them the message of salvation as contained in the Bible, the Word of God.
We also seek to promote the general welfare, health and full development of every child, recognising the privilege and responsibility this brings to all involved in our organisation.
In today’s society child abuse and child abuse accusations are occurring frequently. This is a sad fact of life. It is also a fact that amongst Christian people, as in the wider society, children can be hurt. So in our various ministries we cannot be satisfied until we are sure we have done all in our power to protect them from harm of all kinds, and to protect our workers and volunteers from false accusations, hence the production of this Safeguarding Policy.
We in CEF realise that this publication is necessary, because in these days of social change and shifting moral values, parents entrust their children to us for nurture, safe care and wise leadership. It is imperative that there are guidelines and procedures in place that will provide peace of mind to parents, children and workers. This publication does not call into question the integrity of our children’s and youth workers. It is produced in response to the recommendations of the Government and to our desire to provide EVANGELISM WITH CARE.
All workers and volunteers are required to read this Policy Statement and complete the enclosed Declaration Form and Confidential Questionnaire. Your Declaration Form and Confidential Questionnaire should be returned to the Child Evangelism Fellowship Local Worker from whom you received it. No person will be authorised to lead or help at any Child Evangelism Fellowship activity without completing and responding satisfactorily to these forms.
David & Rosemary Edwards
National Directors (CEF of Ireland)