Safeguarding: Promoting A Safer Church


St Margaret’s is committed to providing a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all, including children and adults who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. 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 Community.

The PCC has adopted the House of Bishops’ ‘Safeguarding Policy Promoting a Safer Church’

St Margaret’s Safeguarding Policy Statement - See below.

Safeguarding Contact Information

Link - Winchester Diocese website Safeguarding Pages and resources (including the Parish Safeguarding Handbook)

St Margaret’s Safeguarding representative: Mr Trevor Leahy email: [email protected]

*Immediate Risk*

If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult may be at immediate risk, contact the Police 999

*Registering a Concern*

Safeguarding Manager: Jackie Rowlands: 01962 737 317: [email protected]

*Out of Hours Service*

If you need immediate advice or help on Monday to Friday 6pm – 8am or on weekend and Bank Holidays: 0300 555 1373

Other Helplines:

ChildLine for children and young people: 0800 11 11

Stop it now: 0808 1000 900

Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

Action on Elder Abuse helpline: 0808 8088 141

NSPCC for adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000

24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline: 0808 2000 247

NAPAC offer support and advice to adult survivors of childhood abuse: 0808 8010 331

Stop It Now preventing child sexual abuse: 0808 1000 900

Cruse bereavement helpline: 0808 8081 677

Family Lives support and advice on family issues: 0808 800 222

MACSAS for people who have been abused by church officers: 0808 801 0340

Samaritans for people struggling to cope and needing someone to talk to: 116 123

(2022-04-22 updated by ALP)

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