When we take the time to learn more, to develop safe working practices and to identify how to respond well to concerns, it’s clear that safeguarding is a positive and creative opportunity to live out the gospel.
What to do if you have a safeguarding concern
If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger, or requires immediate medical attention, call emergency services on 999.
If you do not think there is a risk of immediate harm, you should still speak to an official about your concern as soon as possible.
The Diocesan safeguarding team are committed to responding to safeguarding concerns, providing advice if you are not sure what to do, and supporting survivors in an efficient and effective way. We are not however able to offer an emergency or 24-hour response. Your Parish Safeguarding Officer is also a local first point of contact for reporting safeguarding concerns.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (see contact details below) must be informed about any case where a child or vulnerable adult appears to be at risk or where an adult appears to present a risk. They must also be informed straight away of any safeguarding concerns involving a Church Officer. A ‘Church Officer’ is anyone appointed/elected by or on behalf of the Church to a post or role, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or unpaid.
If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns directly to the National Safeguarding Team at Church House Westminster, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Safeguarding team
If you have a safeguarding concern, or cannot locate the information which you require, then please get in touch:
For urgent and confidential safeguarding matters:
Stuart Nimmo, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor – email@example.com or 01865 208290
Sophie Harney, Safeguarding Casework Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 208295
Finding the local Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO):
For queries on safeguarding training:
Rebecca Norris-Bulpitt, Safeguarding Assistant & Training Officer – email@example.com or 01865 587041
For DBS and general safeguarding enquiries:
Linda Carpenter, Safeguarding Administrator – firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 208267
For general safeguarding enquiries and advice on policies or procedures:
We understand that reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. Therefore here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:
- NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
- Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
- National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
- Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
- Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).
- Rights of Women Helpline: 020 7490 0152. Provides women with free legal advice if they have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace.