As members of society, we all have a duty to protect children and young people from harm. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Allah Most High will (on the Day of Reckoning) question each person in a position of responsibility about what he (she) were responsible for (in this life).” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)
In light of this, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people is everyone’s responsibility. This is especially true for those who provide services to children and young people, and those in positions of trust.
The Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) has carried out excellent grassroots work in protecting children in mosque settings for several years. Building on this, the LCM – in conjunction with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards in Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire – has put together a safeguarding policy to safeguard and protect children in supplementary Islamic schools or madrasahs.
This template policy (see below) draws the important link between religious teaching and the safeguarding of children. Our mosques and madrasahs play a leading and very responsible role in educating our future generations to prepare them for the complex and demanding life ahead. The aim of this document is to make sure that the teaching environment is conducive for their learning and assures optimum safety for children.
The challenges of the 21st century are very complex and place a responsibility on us all to play our part in bringing out our true Islamic values. The role of our mosques and madrasahs and Islamic teachings aim to prepare and lead our youngsters to become good citizens where peace, justice, harmony, respect and tolerance for each other, are the essential pre-requisites for a harmonious life.
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