01665 712002
St James Church - Shilbottle


Parish Safeguarding Policy 

As members of this parish we commit ourselves to care for one another safely.

We recognize that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as at risk some time in our lives.

We commit ourselves to:-

         The safeguarding of people who may be at risk, ensuring their well-being in the life of the church.

          Promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.

          Promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be at risk.

          Recruit safely, following recognised procedures.

          Supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work with children/young people and adults who might be at risk.

It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse. We will report any abuse that we discover or suspect.

We agree to work within the guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese.

Each person who works within this community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This policy is reviewed each year by the Parochial Church Council and re-affirmed at the Annual Meeting.

People responsible for safeguarding in the Church:-

If you have any concerns in the first instance, please contact

The Vicar: Helen O’Sullivan 01665712002

Parish Safeguarding: Diane Watt safeguarding.stlawrence@gmail.com

Area Dean: Revd Alison Hardy  01665571314

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer: Carol Butler 07825167016 

Other Useful Numbers:-

Childline – 08001111

National Domestic Violence Helpline –

0808 2000 247

NSPCC: – 0808 800 5000

Message Home –  0800 700 740

Samaritans- 08457 90 90 90

For further information please visit the following.