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Safeguarding at St Mary’s

At St Mary’s we take seriously our commitment to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all in our church family, especially children and potentially vulnerable adults. Those individuals who organise, oversee and lead activities initiated or supported by the church also need to be protected from potential harm.

With these principles in mind, we are careful to adhere to the safeguarding guidelines laid down by the House of Bishops and by Canterbury Diocese. These include policies concerning safe recruitment of workers in the church, paid and unpaid, checking via the Disclosure and Barring Service of those in positions of responsibility, risk assessment procedures, safe working practices and regular training. This training, delivered online or by representatives of the Diocese, varies according to the individual’s role. Sessions are attended by clergy, wardens and PCC members, the Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators and Disclosure Officer, and others in key roles within the church.

Parish Safeguarding Officer & Safeguarding Co-ordinator (children):  Judy Staples

Safeguarding Co-ordinator (vulnerable adults): James Highwood

Churchwardens: Joanna Beech, John Stansfeld

You can find contact details of the Diocesan safeguarding personnel by following this link.