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.  There is an ongoing culture of vigilance at St John's and any causes for concern are raised immediately.

Our 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 victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons

Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegation of abuse and other affected persons

Responding to those that may pose a present risk

Safeguarding policy and procedures are accessible to everyone in church and all of our workers have undergone safeguarding training.

The designated Safeguarding Coordinator is  Jan Ratcliffe  -  email:  [email protected]     tel:  07734 695117


Vicar  -  Revd Carol Schofield  07875 660379

Safeguarding Coordinator ​​ Jan Ratcliffe. 07734 695117

Children’s Mentor ​​​​ Janet Matley. 07528 386771

Vulnerable Adults Representative​​​ Marjorie Johnston 0161 339 4393

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer​​ Abbey Clephane-Wilson [email protected] 0161 828 1451 / 07436 589606

Safeguarding Helpline   0303 003 111        The helpline will be staffed by the 31:8 - an independent safeguarding charity - and is available 7 days a week. Calls will be handled sensitively and confidentially.

NSPCC Hotline​​0808 800 5000 or  [email protected]

NSPCC Childline 0800 1111 or

Tameside Children’s Safeguarding Board:

​Mon – Fri Office hours 0161 342 4101

Out of hours 0161 342 2222

Tameside Adults’ Safeguarding Board:

Mon – Fri Office hours 0161 342 2400

Out of hours 0161 342 2222

 If the situation is dangerous for a child, young person or adult at risk, dial 999 ask for POLICE