Safeguarding

SAFEGUARDING (protecting young people and vulnerable adults from being hurt)

The parish of Plumstead St. Michael is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Norwich’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

CONTACT DETAILS IF YOU NEED HELP

Anyone can call:

Social Services in Norfolk: 0344 800 8020

The police: 999

Under 19 and need help - call:

Childline: 0800 1111 (or go to: www.childline.org.uk). Childline helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.

Over 55 and need help - call:

Silverline: 0800 470 80 90 (or go to: https://www.thesilverline.org.uk). Silver Line is a confidential, free helpline for older people (aged 55 plus) across the UK open every day and night of the year (68% calls are made at night). Silver Line's specially trained helpline team: Offer information, friendship and advice; Link callers to local groups and services; Offer regular friendship calls; Protect and support older people who are suffering abuse and neglect.**

In the Matlaske Benefice we have two safeguarding Officers who can also help, their details are:

Mrs. Catherine McMahon (email: [email protected]; Tel 01263 577 357)

Lawrence Williams (email: [email protected]; tel 01263 577 292)

In the Matlaske Benefice we treat any safeguarding issues as a very serious matter and deal with it as a priority. We follow the procedures, guidance and policy set out by the Diocese of Norwich Safeguarding Team which can be found on their website at https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/training/safeguarding. The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors' contact details are: Sue Brice on 07958 377079 or email [email protected] and Sian Griffiths (part-time) on 07342 999386 or email: [email protected] Postal address: Bishop's House, Norwich NR3 1SB.