Safeguarding: Promoting a Safer Church

St Andrew’s, Winston

Safeguarding: Promoting a Safer Church

We take the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously


We fully endorse the Church of England’s safeguarding policy statement ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ which asserts:


The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.”


How we handle safeguarding concerns


We require that everyone who carries out activities on behalf of the church knows and abides by our safeguarding policies and procedures. To ensure we have a proactive approach to safeguarding we provide staff and volunteers with safeguarding training. We work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those at risk and respond well to those who contact us with safeguarding concerns.

The Church of England safeguarding policy statement is based on five foundations and offers six overarching policy commitments:

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

If you would like to find more detail of the Safeguarding Policies go to the link below:

(Church of of England Safeguarding Policies)

How do I report abuse or find support?

If you have any information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires medical attention call the emergency services on 999.


Contacting Winston Church to discuss or report a safeguarding concern?

If you have any more general Safeguarding concerns, please contact:

• St Andrew’s Safeguarding Officer Lynne Lobley at lynne@lobley.myzen.co.uk

Note if you contact us by Contact Form or e-mail we will endeavour to provide as fast a response as we are able, but neither St Andrew’s Church nor the National Safeguarding Team offers a 24/7 or emergency response facility.

Alternatively, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.  Each Diocese and Parish has a team who can help if you wish to report current or historic safeguarding concerns. For St Mary’s that individual is:

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer Beth Miller on 07968 034075 or
beth.miller@Durham.Anglican.org

I need immediate or specialist help, who should I contact?

St Mary’s Church may not be able to respond immediately to your Safeguarding disclosure. If you
are in distress or would like 24-hour specialist assistance, here are some helplines to contact:

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline – 0808 800 5000 (free 24hr number). Call if you are concerned about a child.

Child-line – 0800 1111 (free 24hr number). Get in contact if you are concerned about a child or young person’s wellbeing.

National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247 (free 24hr number). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline – 116 123 (24hr). Phone if you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline – 0808 808 8141 (free number Mon-Fri 9-5pm)

National Rape Crisis Helpline – 0808 802 9999 (available every day 12-2:30pm and 7-9:30pm)

Survivor support services

The Church of England has produced a list of organisations offering support to survivors. Click to
Download the Survivor Support Services Document below.