St Mary Without-the-Walls, Chester takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines.
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"Promoting a safer church"

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church

The House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults (2017, superseding the 2010 policy) includes a summary of the Church of England's commitments:

Promoting a safer environment and culture. Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults. Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation. Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons. Responding to those what may pose a present risk.

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

Local contacts available to speak if you have any concerns:

Peter Dove - Safeguarding Coordinator, on behalf of the Parochial Church Council of St Mary's tel: 01244 321938 email: [email protected]

Doris Keen - St Mary Handbridge Centre Manager tel: 01244 671202 email: [email protected]

Pauline Butterfield - Chester Diocese Safeguarding Advisor

tel: 0303 0031111 / [email protected]