Safeguarding is the protection of children and youth under the age of 18, as well as vulnerable adults. It is about protecting those who may not otherwise have a voice.

At Gateway Church, we take Safeguarding seriously, and as such are proud to support our staff and volunteers who are passionately serving the local community in a variety of projects.

Our Safeguarding Team is overseen by Debra Webb.  Debra also actively oversee the training of those who need safeguarding training. In 2021, the church took 25+ people from the church through a young person training course and 20+ through an adults at risk of harm course. The church have also taken their leadership team through Level 3 training. As a church we choose to be an investor in people and safeguarding is a key area that is included within this.

If you would like to speak in-confidence Debra about a safeguarding issue, please email at


Elim’s National Safeguarding Information can be found at

We are a member of Thirtyone:eight, who provide safeguarding support to us and also help complete our DBS checks.  

If you wish to raise a concern regarding safeguarding within the Elim organisation, the following form can be used to notify the National Safeguarding Coordinator. A copy of the form will also be emailed to the person completing the information. Link to form

Elim Statement of commitment to safeguarding

Elim is committed to creating healthy churches and safe spaces for all. We recognise the ways in which children and adults can be at risk of harm or abuse, so endeavour to create a culture to minimise opportunities for abuse to occur.

Children rely on adults to keep them safe, therefore all our churches working with children, either directly or indirectly, are committed to safeguarding children in their care. We seek to do this by providing a safe, stable, and nurturing environment where children can reach their full potential.

Similarly, within our churches there are adults in need of protection, care and support due to vulnerability, whether that is a permanent or temporary state. We are aware too that within our churches there are relationships of trust, which flourish best within healthy churches and environments, where there is openness, transparency and accountability.

We firmly believe that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and all involved in the life of our churches and activities have a role to play in keeping children, young people and adults safe.

Chris Cartwright – General Superintendent