At Time Norfolk we recognise that we work in a sensitive and controversial area. We want to be clear about how we operate, the values we hold and the relationship between our Christian faith and the service we offer.

Background

The organisation was set up to offer a Christian response to increasing numbers of women experiencing induced terminations of pregnancy. We wanted to offer a response that had the needs of the woman at its heart rather than a pro-life or pro choice agenda.

In this ethos statement we would like to spell out what we mean by Christian response, how this informs the service we offer to clients and how we work with other agencies.

Christian principles

We recognise that all people are valuable, worthy of respect and deserving of unconditional love.

We do not make value judgments about clients’ choices, behaviour or circumstances

We use a holistic approach recognising intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects to our lives and those of our clients.

Believing that God has given every person free will to make their own decisions, we recognise that it is the client’s responsibility and right to decide whether or not to continue with their pregnancy. It is our responsibility to support them to make their own decision, free from pressure or persuasion, with as much information as they want, and in a respectful and loving environment.

We believe that the human embryo or foetus is worthy of respect and dignity from the point of conception and that pregnancy loss clients have the right to grieve for their loss.

We recognise we may be most effective in our support of clients when we are most silent about our beliefs.

Support offered to Clients

Our philosophy of care is to offer whatever assistance we can to anyone who comes to us for counselling or support.

Our support will always be sensitive, non-directive and impartial.

Any information we give to clients will be impartial, accurate and sensitive.

We will seek to help our clients understand their own circumstances, thoughts, feelings and values.

We will encourage our clients to engage with their emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual selves to whatever extent they wish.

We recognise that men can be deeply affected by an unplanned pregnancy, miscarriage or termination and we do not consider pregnancy and abortion to be exclusively “women’s issues”. For many women the involvement and support of their partner is vitally important, both in the termination decision and in their recovery. We therefore offer confidential counselling to both men and women. We also recognise the importance of fathers where the decision is made to continue with the pregnancy.

We respect our clients confidentiality.

We expect that many people will use our services without knowing or sharing our Christian ethos.

Working with health professionals and other agencies

We value the essential role of medical professionals and others providing care services for women facing unplanned pregnancies. We seek to build and maintain good working relationships with health professionals, agencies and other support groups in order to provide an effective network of specialist help.

We are independent from termination providers and those who assess clients’ suitability for termination.