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 Co-ordinator (children): Lindsey Moore
Safeguarding Co-ordinator (vulnerable adults) & Parish Disclosure Officer: James Highwood
This is the Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement.
You can find contact details for the Diocesan safeguarding personnel, and Kent County Council Services by following this link.
You can read the Church of England Parish Safeguarding Handbook by following this link.
Here is a link to the website for the NSPCC which provides a wide range of information on child abuse and what to do about it.
Helplines for further support:
- Action on Elder Abuse – 0808 808 8141
- Domestic Violence: National 24-hour helpline 0808 2000 247
- NAPAC – support and advice for adult survivors of childhood abuse 0808 801 0331
- Stop it Now – preventing child sexual abuse 0808 1000 900
- Cruse – bereavement helpline 0808 808 1677
- Family Lives – for parents/carers and young people 0808 800 2222
- MACSAS – for people who have been abused by church officers 0808 801 0340
- Samaritans – for people struggling to cope and needing someone to talk to 116123
Sources of support for victims of abuse and their families:
- The Survivors’ Trust:- http://thesurvivorstrust.org
- Safeline:- www.safeline.org.uk
- SupportLine:- www.supportline.org.uk/problems/rape_sexual-assault.php
- Victim Support:- www.victimsupport.org.uk/crime-info/types-crime/childhood-abuse
Authorised Listeners – qualified counsellors and practitioners – are available free of charge to anyone who needs to talk about current or past abuse. Please contact a Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, eg Paul Brightwell on 07398 009951.
www.restoredrelationships.org [violence against women]
www.scie.org.uk [Social Care Institute for Excellence]
www.ceop.police.uk [child exploitation and online protection]
Church of England website:
House of Bishops website: