We are committed to Safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Parish. Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.
The National Church of England's Safeguarding Web Page can be found here
The Church of England's Safeguarding Policy Statement 'Promoting a Safer Church' (2017) can be found here.
The Church of England's Parish Safeguarding Handbook (2019) can be found here.
The Church of England's policy and practice guidance on Domestic Abuse (2017) can be found here.
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.
If you need to discuss or report a safeguarding issue:
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Margaret Knight 01722 782 686
There are now 2 Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors (DSAs), who work together on a job-share basis to provide safeguarding cover throughout the week. They are: Suzy Futcher and Jem Carter. For their contact details & details of Diocesan Safeguarding click here.
Useful Numbers Wiltshire click here.
Useful Numbers National: click here.
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service foranyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales, or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role in the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group. If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have need to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger. Safe Spaces can provide a range of help, including advocating with authorities and other agencies, giving emotional support, providing information (including information on church and police procedures), understanding your needs and working together on individual support plans. Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times) firstname.lastname@example.org. LiveChat - via the Safe Spaces website - https://www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk/.