Safeguarding children and adults at risk is central to living the Gospel of Love Christ gave us.
We follow the House Of Bishop's Promoting a Safer Church policy as well as all the diocesan guidance on implementation. We follow safer recruitment practice with all our volunteers who work with children or adults at risk.
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.
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 Advisor or if necessary refer the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay. Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns:
Lisa Irwin, Parish Safeguarding Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org 07763 966915 Revd David Newton, Vicar, 01223 665654, email@example.com Rebecca Boswell, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, 01353 652731, 07904 487912, firstname.lastname@example.org If there is immediate risk or danger please contact the Police on 101 or call 999.
Local Authority Contacts Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children's Services (Cambridgeshire) Tel: 0345 045 5203; www.cambslscb.co.uk Out of hours (Cambridge & Peterborough): 01733 234724; Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults Board Tel: 0345 045 5202 Out of hours: 01733 234724 Helplines NSPCC Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything. National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 ((lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse. Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to. Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm) Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900 NAPAC: 0808 801 0331 Family Lives: 0808 800 2222
We also have a number of policies available on request - Complaints Policy - Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy