Safeguarding

Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do at St Saviour’s. As a big family we want everyone, both adults and children, to feel happy and safe as they participate in the life of the church.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility but it is overseen here by:

Rev Mike Norris Rector  – contactable on 01483 455333 or office@st-saviours.org.uk 

Rev Lucy Webb Associate Minister – contactable on 01483 455333 or lucy.webb@st-saviours.org.uk

Annabelle Varley  Safeguarding Lead and Director of Children, Youth & Families Ministry – contactable on 01483 445144 or annabelle.varley@st-saviours.org.uk

Hilary Carter The Safeguarding Administrator and Children’s Safeguarding Officer – contactable on 01483 557580 or hilary.carter@st-saviours.org.uk

Julia Evans The Adults Safeguarding Officer – contactable on 01483 557587 or adult-safe@st-saviours.org.uk

Ian Berry – Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor – contactable on 07544 566 850 or ian.berry@cofeguildford.org

Serious Safeguarding matters will be forwarded to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Ian Berry (or the police if immediate action is required) and we will follow the advice given.

Guildford Diocese Church of England Safeguarding Policy

We adhere to the Guildford Diocese Safeguarding policy and have adopted the Church of England’s House of Bishops’ Promoting a Safer Church Safeguarding Policy Statement, which can be found here.

If you wish to see more detail of the Diocese Safeguarding policies then click here.

Safeguarding in our Kids and Youth groups

 
Throughout the work in our kids groups we adhere to strict guidelines in order to ensure the children and youth in our care are kept safe and are treated equally and with awareness of individual needs.  This starts with the recruitment of volunteers for our children’s groups (all our children’s volunteers have a full DBS check), and continues within the organisation of the groups.  All our volunteers receive safeguarding training, in order to ensure they are clear on the church’s expectations in their roles, how they are to act with the children and what to do if they have concerns.
Further detail on our safeguarding policy for the Children and Youth can be found in our Policy Booklet.

Safeguarding Adults

We understand that adults sometimes need extra support and we work with many who are vulnerable due to their circumstances, their age or their health. Our Pastoral Assistant team, who all have a full DBS check and have taken the Diocese safeguarding training courses,  visit and support many in our congregation for whom a friendly face and home assistance is helpful.  We also have listening and mentoring teams for those who need a listening ear or support as they face life’s challenges, and again we ask that they take the Diocese safeguarding course.

Julia Evans is our Adult Safeguarding Officer and she is available to discuss any concerns you may have.  Her contact details are above.

Reporting a Safeguarding Concern

If you are concerned that a child or an adult is, or may be, at risk of abuse this should be reported immediately (and certainly within 24 hours) to one of the Church Safeguarding Officers or the clergy listed above.

If it is a non-emergency situation you can report this either in person to one of the Safeguarding Officers or by telephone, and they will then contact the Diocese Safeguarding Officer and ensure that we respond appropriately.  We will do everything we can to support the person at risk.

If it is an Emergency situation, and you believe the child or adult is in immediate danger of significant harm, then you should call 999 before reporting it to one of the Safeguarding Officers.

 

Support Helplines

If you wish to speak with someone outside the church the following helplines will be of assistance.

∙ NSPCC for adults concerned about a child – 0808 800 5000

∙ Childline for children and young people – 0800 1111

∙ Action on Elder Abuse helpline – 0808 808 8141

∙ 24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline – 0808 2000 247

∙ NAPAC offer support and advice to adult survivors of childhood abuse – 08088010331

∙ Stop It Now preventing child sexual abuse – 0808 1000 900

∙ Cruse bereavement helpline – 0808 808 1677

∙ Family Lives support and advice on family issues – 0808 800 222

∙ MACSAS for people who have been abused by church officers – 0808 801 0340

∙ Samaritans for people struggling to cope and needing someone to talk to – 116 123