Referring to and/or working with other agencies
It is essential that the Church members, ministers or pastoral workers do not take on a role outside their competence.
In the case of allegations or disclosures, including those made against ministers or staff members, an initial referral to the Safeguarding Service is an appropriate course of action as there may be child protection implications as well.
The Safeguarding Service will advise on whether the Church's complaints procedure is an appropriate course of action.
Domestic abuse is first and foremost a safeguarding matter and should be responded to as such.