St Paul’s Youth Social Media and Electronic Communication Permissions Update

To enable us to safeguard your children effectively while at the same time maintain a pastoral relationship with them, we have put together a new consent process. We know that electronic communication is one of the key ways young people engage with others. This consent will enable us to follow safeguarding guidance whilst giving young people the initiative to contact staff and volunteers for advice or to set up pastoral meetings (consent will be sought before all 1-1 meetings with young people).

Please read below for details on how contact can be made between young people, staff and volunteers. You can choose to either consent to this communication or choose that all contact be made through yourself or another parent or guardian. Consent will be given via a ChurchSuite form, please follow the link at the bottom of this page.

Staff – 

–        Communication may be initiated by either a young person or St Pauls Youth and Kids Staff.

–        Communication may be initiated through WhatsApp, text, phone and St Paul’s social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook and TikTok)

Volunteers – 

–        Young people may initiate private messaging with a volunteer via a volunteer’s personal phone but this is to be kept limited due to safeguarding policies.

–        Volunteers are not to initiate contact with young people via private message unless there is a safeguarding concern, an emergency or to communicate specific youth provision details.

–        Young people may initiate contact with volunteers through St Paul’s social media accounts.

Email – Young people may initiate contact via email with both staff and volunteers. Staff and volunteers will CC another DBS checked adult into any reply.

Personal Social Media Accounts – No contact should be initiated by any party through the use of a staff or volunteer’s personal social media account. If a young person requests to follow or friend a personal account both staff and volunteers are not to accept. When turning 18 this contact can be made.

Video conferencing  will not be used unless permission have been given by a parent or guardian for specific occasions (i.e. Zoom youth meetings).

Our commitment to you:

–        All staff and volunteers are DBS checked

–        All staff and volunteers have been appointed through the Safer Recruitment process

–        All conversations will follow the St Pauls policy for social media and electronic

–        communications use, whilst also adhering to the St Paul’s Safeguarding policy.

–        All staff use work phones which will be checked periodically by another member of staff mitigating the risk of private messaging.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this update, please follow this link to update your information and permissions.