Safe Guarding Policy

Promoting a safer church
The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church.

House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy for children, young people & adults

Our commitments
• Promoting a safer environment and culture
• Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults
• Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
• Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons
• Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons
• Responding to those that may pose a present risk.

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED
that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

Local contact to speak to if you have any concerns:
Name: Claire Dan
Role: Benefice Safeguarding Advisor
Tel: 07938652200
Email: beneficeofcchsafeguarding@gmail.com

Name: Jeremy Hirst
Role: Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Tel: 01727 818107 / 07867 350886
Email: safeguarding@stalbans.anglican.org

Name: Martyn Hedley
Role: Asst. Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
Tel: 01727 818106 / 07391 010033
Email: safeguarding@stalbans.anglican.org

Local Authority Social Services
Children: 0300 300 8585 or 0300 300 8123 out of hours
Adults: 0300 300 8122 or 0300 300 8123 out of hours

IF THERE IS ANY IMMEDIATE RISK OF DANGER PLEASE CONTACT THE POLICE ON 999

Helplines
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: 080 8808 8141