Our helpline is 0845 120 4550 and is available every hour of every day of the year, although out of office hours it is for urgent advice only. It has been a source of comfort and support for literally thousands of people hurting from abuse, or the consequences of abuse, since it began nearly 30 years ago.
It is staffed only by social workers and counsellors who have decades of collective experience in the field. All are knowledgeable, practical and approachable
Everybody is welcome to use the helpline. It serves individuals such as parents, children and young people and adults. It is also available to church leaders, organisations, social workers, local safeguarding children boards and other professional bodies
Users receive advice and support about for example:
Over more than 20 years, CCPAS has built up an impressive variety of cost-effective training resources, all of which are highly relevant to the fast-changing safeguarding environment in which we live and work. They include:
We now have more than 5,000 members. They receive a host of major benefits, including:
Whilst CCPAS does not charge for membership, we are a charity. We therefore ask those joining to consider making an annual donation towards the cost of running our services. Almost all our income comes from our members and supporters. Without those funds we would no longer be able to provide our increasing range of safeguarding services.
The suggested donation for an average size single church or group is £90 a year. But if you are a larger church/group with branches and/or a central headquarters, could you consider giving more? Click to join
As a DBS and Access NI umbrella body, we process criminal record disclosure checks for workers (paid or voluntary) before they are appointed to work with children or vulnerable adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This ensures that they do not have a history that makes them unsuitable for the post.
And, if anything untoward is discovered during this process, we provide advice on such 'blemished’ disclosures under the devolved regulations in force in each of the four UK nations.
We are currently processing about 4,000 disclosure checks a month, the majority using our highly successful E-bulk system.
For more details on all our Disclosure services, including our Bespoke scheme for larger churches and organisations click here.
E-Bulk is a quick, convenient and economical method of carrying out online DBS checks. This service, which may be tailored to the specific needs of particular clients, has been praised by many who have used it. These include St Albans Church of England Diocese, Oasis Academies and many small churches and organisations.
E-bulk is proving so popular that we are currently proposing about 3,000 checks a month using this system.
For more information click here.
CCPAS has responded to the Criminal Record Bureau's (DBS's) introduction of a significant set of revisions and enhancements to its ID checking procedures by creating a new, cost effective, straightforward and efficient ID Verification Service.
For more information about ID Verficiation click here.
Safeguarding never stands still, and CCPAS is determined to continue to play a leading role in protecting children and vulnerable adults throughout the UK and, in future, further afield. We are therefore expanding into three new strategic areas of ministry:
In conjunction with some of the UK’s leading theologians we are therefore currently developing a new ‘Theology of Safeguarding’.
Currently this work is being done mainly in the USA and Europe. However, we plan to expand this into many other nations in future.
Having a well thought-through Safeguarding Policy is essential. Doing so succinctly conveys that a church or other organisation really values the children and young people in their care and seeks their protection, safety and well-being at all times.
CCPAS has built up its expertise in this area over many years so that our skills are now second to none. We therefore have long experience in preparing, checking, registering and updating policies that make a real difference to protecting the vulnerable.
Specialist Services help clients deal with increasingly complex safeguarding issues, which pose substantial levels of risk to organisations large and small.
Following the very successful launch of the first, Specialist Safeguarding Services, (SSS) earlier in 2012, we have now unveiled a second, Specialist Services for Places of Learning (SSPL), which helps all educational establishments, including free schools and academies.
Click here for more on SSPL.
Specialist Safeguarding Services (SSS) provides in-depth solutions to the safeguarding risks faced by organisations large and small.
Click here for more on SSS.
Many survivors of abuse contact CCPAS for support and advice. They do so because we are specialist in this field.
We respond both professionally and with huge compassion because our staff have long experience in dealing with this issue. So we listen, and when appropriate refer to local counselling agencies. CCPAS also helps those agencies refer on to police and social services, when necessary in the interests of the victim – or when other vulnerable children or adults are at risk.
When abuse happens it can have a ripple effect on friends, family, places of worship and the wider community. In these cases, CCPAS may again offer ongoing support, including one to one meetings.
Our Help! leaflets may be downloaded here.
Research has shown that at least 25% of people (in some areas the percentage is much higher) who are known to have committed sexual offences against children regularly attend church after conviction, sentence and release. This presents great challenges to churches, both as they seek to protect children from abuse and as they help offenders to behave such that they are less likely to offend in future.
As a distinct project operating within CCPAS, Sanctuary provides training and support to such churches. It aims to help them safely and appropriately to exercise their pastoral responsibilities towards every member of their congregations.
Sanctuary was established in April 2004 as an independent charity. It came under CCPAS’s wing in 2010.
Its principal role is to provide training and support to churches which have known child sexual abusers in their congregations. It also helps other Christian groups which are concerned with supporting child sexual offenders in the community. It delivers a modular Training Programme, which can be shaped to the needs of individual churches and other groups. This is delivered by volunteers, all of whom(?) are professionals drawn from the fields of sexual offending treatment and sexual offender management.
Sanctuary encourages churches working with child sexual abusers to work closely with public protection agencies. However, where those agencies are unable to provide appropriate support we seek to resource it elsewhere.
This very practical course and qualification in internet safety is fully accredited by the SQA. Taken entirely on-line, it is designed to enable safe, legal use of the internet and leads to the ‘Internet Safety’ qualification - a single National Unit at SCQF Level 4 (Intermediate 1).
More than 80 people have already signed up to take the course. For more information, or to sign up to take the course click here.
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