St Mary's Church Safeguarding Policy
and Monthly Newsletter

Here at St. Mary's Church, we aim to create safe environments, where children and young people are nurtured and protected; and where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.

We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and Church of England policy and practice.

We act promptly on any complaints made, and work in close partnership with police and social care services where children or vulnerable adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment.

We provide safe recruitment, training and support to our voluntary and paid workers with children and vulnerable adults.

As a Church, we follow the Church of England 'Safe Church Policy', which you can read here.

Reporting a Safeguarding Concern

If you are worried about a child or adult who is being harmed or at risk of being harmed, Abbey Clephane-Wilson, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, or a member of the safeguarding team is available between the hours of 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday. If you require safeguarding advice outside of office hours, please contact thirtyone:eight on 0303 003 1111 (option 1).
If someone is at immediate risk of harm, call 999 in an emergency.

If you have been affected by abuse

Listening line 0303 003 1111

This is a special helpline that has been set up for those who have been affected either directly or indirectly by abuse in a church or cathedral setting. The helpline will be staffed by thirtyone:eight - an independent safeguarding charity and is available seven days a week. You may be asked to leave a message but will be called back. Calls will be handled sensitively and confidentially.

Diocese of Manchester April Safeguarding Newsletter and Safe Church; Safe Church Policy