Statement from the Emmanuel Leadership Team

In November 2023, Daniel Reed, a former youth work volunteer at Emmanuel (formerly known as Clarendon Church) was sentenced for offences of indecent assault against two boys in the 1980s.

The judge imposed a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered him to undertake 40 days of rehabilitation and carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

We are deeply saddened and troubled by the impact this has caused those who have lived under the shadow of this for the last 30-35 years. We cannot begin to imagine the mental pain and anguish that this has caused. It takes immense courage to bring such painful experiences into the open.

We wish to personally express our sincere apology for what those impacted by these crimes have gone through.

The church has for many years aimed for best practice in safeguarding and child protection. We are committed to working alongside safeguarding experts to continually improve and strengthen our approach, which includes regular scrutiny from independent bodies and the local authority.

We encourage anyone who might have faced similar incidents to contact the authorities or the Church Safeguarding team for support, details of which can be found below.

Thank you

The Emmanuel Leadership Team

Protection of children and adults policy statement

The Emmanuel Safeguarding Lead is Matt Carvel

Emmanuel is committed to the safeguarding of children and adults with care / support needs, ensuring their well-being.

  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of children and adults of harm and/or abuse, and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

  • We recognise the personal dignity and rights of children and adults, and will ensure all our policies and procedures will reflect this.

  • We believe all children and adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of Emmanuel.

  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with children and adults with care and support needs.
  • We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this, and are empowered to tell us if they are experiencing significant harm.

We are committed to:

  • Following statutory and specialist guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults, ensuring that at Emmanuel all workers will work within the agreed procedure of our safeguarding policy.

  • Implementing the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005, Equality Act 2010, Health And Safety and all other relevant legislation.
  • Supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work.
  • Ensuring that we are keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to Safeguarding.

  • Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by Emmanuel.

  • Supporting all in Emmanuel affected by abuse.

We recognise:

  • Children’s Social Services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child. Adult Social Care has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about an adult with care and support needs.
  • Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed, then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.

  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
We will review this statement and our policy & procedures annually.

The latest External Audit was in February 2023 and the latest Internal Review was in March 2024.
The next review will be undertaken by March 2025

A copy of the safeguarding policy is available from the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Matt Carvel.
Emmanuel, 21-23 Clarendon Villas, Hove, BN3 3RE