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.

Safeguarding information in response to COVID-19 can be found here.

Out of Hours Safeguarding Helpline:

For enquiries outside of operational hours of an urgent safeguarding nature, please call our partners Thirtyone:eight (formerly Churches Child Protection Advisory service (CCPAS)) on +44 (0) 303 003 1111. You will be able to get confidential advice, guidance, and support.

Referral Form and Contact Details

Reporting Safeguarding Concerns

Please call: 01865 208295 or email safeguardingreferrals@oxford.anglican.org for urgent safeguarding concerns, Mon to Thurs 9am to 5pm and Fri 9am to 4.30pm.

Safeguarding Referral Form needs be used to refer safeguarding concerns to members of the diocesan safeguarding team.  All phone or email referrals to the safeguarding team must be followed up by completing the Safeguarding Referral Form and returning it to safeguardingreferrals@oxford.anglican.org.

The safeguarding team aim to acknowledge receipt of all referrals within 48 hours. A member of the safeguarding team will contact the referrer, in accordance with case prioritisation, to discuss the referral further.

A safer Church for all brings together the latest safeguarding information from across the Diocese so we can better protect children and vulnerable adults involved in the life of the Church. Forward the link to anyone you think may need it and subscribe below.

Issue 5 – December 2021

Issue 4 – August 2021

Issue 3 – June 2021

Issue 2 – March 2021

Issue 1 – December 2020

Reporting Abuse

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.

If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of harm you should approach your local Children’s Social Care or Adult’s Social Care department.

A referral to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team must be made 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 safeguarding@churchofengland.org.

Finding Support

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:

Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, run by Victim Support, which provides a confidential and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, Church in Wales or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. You can contact the Safe Spaces team through their helpline (0300 303 1056), their live chat facility or by emailing safespaces@victimsupport.org.uk

Thames Valley Domestic Abuse Services
  • Aylesbury Women’s Aid: 01296 437777
  • Berkshire Women’s Aid: 0118 950 4003
  • Windsor Maidenhead – DASH: 01753 549865
  • Milton Keynes – MK Act: 0344 375 4307
  • Oxfordshire / West Berkshire: 0800 731 0055
  • Slough – Hestia: 01753 477352
  • Wycombe Women’s Aid: 01494 461367

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse or are concerned for someone who is experiencing domestic abuse.

Mental Health Crisis Teams

Berkshire NHS: If you need urgent help, but it’s not an emergency, you can call our Mental Health Crisis Team on 0300 365 9999. 

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire NHS: Call 111 for the 24/7 Mental Health Helpline if you need urgent mental health support in Oxfordshire or Buckinghamshire. This service is available to people of all ages.

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

The Silverline Helpline: 0800 470 8090 (open 24 hours). Supports older people suffering abuse or neglect.

A fuller list of organisations offering Survivor Support Services, including therapy and counselling resources, helplines and self-help resources, is available to download.