Child Protection and Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults
Safeguarding the welfare of both children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with the church is a vitally important part of ministry.
We are committed to ensuring that our Churches are safe places for all.
The PCCs have adopted the House of Bishops'
Promoting a Safer Church Safeguarding Policy Statement,
and the model Safeguarding Policy for parishes.
These documents are available to view and download on this page.
The PCCs have appointed:
Monica Swann & Christopher Harding (St Mary) and
Mrs Caroline Harding (St Giles)
as the Parish Safeguarding officers.
They are responsible with the Priest in Charge for making sure that policies and procedures are followed to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are cared for properly. As part of this they manage the recruitment of volunteers, including obtaining Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.
Volunteering to work with children and young people
It is important that we know a little bit about those who volunteer to work with children and young people in St Mary and St Giles, so we ask that volunteers complete an application form and declaration form, and to apply for DBS clearance.
Advice and Guidance
For a summary of what to do if you have a concern, please see our Safeguarding Flow Chart document.
To record a safeguarding issue, please contact one of the Parish Safeguarding Representatives:
If you do not want to call, you can use the contact form opposite to contact the Safeguarding Representatives and request that they make contact with you. Just fill in the form with your name, contact email and a brief message.
For information about the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and Safeguarding contacts in the Diocese of Chelmsford, click here. This page includes contact details for Safeguarding organisations and charities.
If you believe that somebody is in immediate risk of danger or harm
you should call 999 and ask for the police.
To contact your local police station to report a non-emergency crime please call 101.