The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of the whole church. Everyone who participates in the life of the church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.
Safeguarding is an integral part of the mission and ministry of the church in this diocese and is in line with our Growing in God strategy. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
It is our policy to: •
Promote a safer environment and culture
•Safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility relating those groups who are at increased risk of harm or abuse within the church
•Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation •Care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
•Care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
•Respond to those who may pose a present risk to others
In order to fulfil the above policy we will provide facilities to complete online DBS applications and to provide appropriate levels of safeguarding training in order to raise awareness and create an atmosphere of ‘informed vigilance’.
The diocese works collaboratively with Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board, Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board and Suffolk Police Public Protection. If a child or adult is at risk of immediate harm call 999 now
We are not currently able to offer either an emergency or 24 hr response. If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay. To report an online concern to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, click the button below.
We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you 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. •
- Suffolk Police – Non-Emergency number 101 •
- Suffolk County Council Customer First 0808 800 4005 •
- 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 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)
There are people in the Church who have specific safeguarding roles including the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor or Parish Safeguarding Officers (one in every parish or Benefice).