The Church of England is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The life of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news speaks of welcome for all, with a particular regard for those who are most vulnerable, into a community where the value and dignity of every human being is affirmed and those in positions of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. Being faithful to our call to share the gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has’. From ‘Promoting a Safer Church’, The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy Statement. Each of our churches has adopted the Diocese of York Safeguarding policy and has an appointed Safeguarding Officer. If you have a safeguarding concern, please see report this to the York Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors. Our Benefice Safeguarding Officer is Judith Dahlgreen who can be emailed via [email protected] Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things, this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm. The Diocese of York and all parishes within it adopt Church of England polices and practice guidance relating to safeguarding. Copies of our policy may be found at the back of each of our churches and may be downloaded here.