The Church takes the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. We want everyone to feel welcome and safe because we want to show the love of Jesus for all.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, so we make sure that we ‘safely recruit’ and support all our volunteers responsible for, or working with children and adults, and tell everyone how important this is.
Our safeguarding policy and procedures comply with the House of Bishops 2017 Policy ‘Promoting a Safer Church’. Our Church Safeguarding policy can be viewed here.
The Parish Safeguarding Officer is:
tel: 01763 662564/07989 885998 ,
We have also appointed an independent children’s advocate, who can be contacted for advice and support if children are in difficulties. This person is:
Lesley Bond tel: 01763 246405
Call 999 if a child or adult is in immediate danger of significant or serious harm
NSPCC – 0808 800 5000
Childline – 0800 1111
Stop it Now – 0808 1000 900
NAPAC – 0808 801 0331
Samaritans – 116 123
Family Lives – 0808 800 2222
National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
Action on Elder Abuse – 0808 808 8141
Safe Spaces for survivors of abuse
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England or the Catholic Church of England and Wales.
Safe Spaces comprises a team of trained support advocates who have undergone specialist training in supporting survivors of sexual violence and who have received additional specific training in how the churches respond to abuse cases, the way in which faith and church-related settings have been used to carry out abuse, and the particular issues affecting people who have had or still have, a relationship with the church.
Although the Church of England or the Catholic Church of England and Wales have funded the service, it is run independently by the charity Victim Support, who are one of the leading charities providing specialist support to survivors of abuse in England and Wales. Click here to go to the Safe Spaces website.