ACORNCAMPS takes Child protection (and indeed the protection of leaders) seriously. All volunteers and staff have been DBS checked, references have been taken, and any questions or queries are followed up. Each camp has a safeguarding lead who is responsible for all aspects of safeguarding during the mission week.
If you have any questions at all about the policy, safety of children, or wish to discuss anything please contact our Managing Director. If for any reason you have an issue about the full-time staff that you would like to discuss with the trustees, then please contact the chair of trustees David Todd.
We have a number of documents which can be found here:
Stay away from all compromising situations which could be misinterpreted in any way.
Always report quickly and accurately any information that is disclosed from a child, or vulnerable adult. (click here: AC Safeguarding incident form)
Find ways of communicating love without using inappropriate physical contact or showing favouritism.
Enjoy working with kids – they love being loved, and demand your love and respect.
Building relationships is central to what ACORNCAMPS is all about. We expect that you will develop meaningful, deep friendships with Hungarian brothers and sisters, and hope that some of these will be life-long. We would love for you to keep in contact with the Hungarian leaders you meet, so that you can mutually encourage one another in your walk with the Lord.
The camps aim in part to introduce teenagers to their local Christian youth leaders, and build relationships with them. This means at the end of camp we encourage them to keep in contact with their youth leader or pastor before us.
To help keep contact with under 18 yr olds healthy and helpful, we have a number of requests for your communications post-mission week:
We ask all staff and volunteers to refrain from taking photos during the camp. ACORNCAMPS has a designated photographer for each camp who will take relevant photos and at the end of camp post online a selection which can be viewed.