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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. St Mary's Parochial Church Council (PCC) takes seriously its collective responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and adults who may be vulnerable. The PCC has agreed and adopted the House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and vulnerable adults:

House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy for children, young people & adults

  • 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.

  • 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 Adviser or, if necessary, report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Jeremy Hirst (01727 818107 / 07867 350886)

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Martyn Hedley (01727 818106 / 07391 010033)

St Mary's Safeguarding contact and policies

Safeguarding Officer:  Robin Bishop (

St Mary's Safeguarding Policy
St Mary's Safer Recruitment Policy
St Mary's Lone Worker Policy

Diocese of St Albans Practice Guidance for working with children
Diocese of St Albans Practice Guidance for working with vulnerable adults
Diocese of St Albans Practice Guidance on domestic abuse



NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Childline: 0800 1111
Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900
NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
Samaritans: 116 123
Family Lives: 0808 800 2222
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141 

Local Authority Social Services 
Concern for a child: call 0300 123 4043
Concern for an adult: call 0300 123 4042

If there is immediate risk or danger please contact the police on 999

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