Due to the current Coronavirus crisis, the level 2 training days at Beacon Lough and Portrack Baptist Churches have been cancelled until further notice

Working together on safeguarding in the churches of the NBA

Safeguarding involves a range of activities aimed at promoting the individual’s right to be safe.  These include making and maintaining safe environments for everyone (children and adults), having procedures to follow should something go wrong and support for everyone involved.

Lynn Fletcher, Safeguarding Officer for the NBA, is available to respond to your safeguarding inquiries and to advise on your safeguarding concerns:, 07530 353794

Safeguarding Training dates for 2020

Remember, BUGB recommends that you renew your training at the appropriate level at least once every four years.  Level 1, a whole church video presentation is available for you to download at

Level 2for all those working in the church, paid or unpaid

Saturday 28th March, 9.45 - 12.30, Beacon Lough BC , Gateshead NE9 6XS
Saturday 25th April, 9.45 - 12.30, Portrack BC, Stockton, TS18 2HT

Level 3for all those working in the church, paid or unpaid, who have leadership responsibilities and have completed Level 2

Saturday 13th June, 9.45 - 12.30, Beacon Lough BC , Gateshead NE9 6XS
Saturday 4th July, 9.45 - 12.30, Portrack BC, Stockton, TS18 2HT

Levels 2 and 3 for Ministers only

Tuesday 29th September, 10.00 - 3.30, Durham City Baptist Church

Levels 2 and 3

Saturday 10th October, 9.45 - 12.30 (Level 2) and 1 - 3.45 (Level 3)
 Venue to be arranged
 (If your church has a large team that require training (20+), you may wish to host this session.  If so, do get in touch with our Safefeguarding Officer on

Church secretaries will receive booking forms in advance and they will also be available on this website (please see links below).  



Baptist Union of Great Britain has made available a wealth of resources to help you in your safeguarding work.  They can be accessed on the BUGB website at 

(If you have difficulty in accessing any of these resources, please contact Lynn Fletcher or NBA Admin for assistance)

  • Safeguarding church self-assessment
  • Safe to Grow
  • Safe to Belong
  • Model Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
  • Excellence in Safeguarding Level 1 - accompanying materials for children and young people
  • Gateway to Level 2 Excellence in Safeguarding
  • Safeguarding in Church Life – the role of the Designated Person for Safeguarding
  • BUGB Guide to DBS checks
  • Safeguarding Record Keeping
  • Safeguarding Contracts – frequently asked questions
  • BUGB Guide to Understanding Self-harm
  • BUGB Guide to Understanding Domestic Abuse
  • Supporting those who have experienced abuse
  • BUGB Guide to Cyber Safety
  • Use of Photos

DBS checks

Please access the BUGB guide to DBS checks (see above) as this will answer most of your questions.  Our ‘umbrella body’ (that process the checks on our behalf) is called Due Diligence Checking (DDC). Please remember that accredited ministers must be verified by Association staff. A Quick Start Guide for verifiers can be found on

Elaine Webster,
5 Feb 2020, 01:19