The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Astley,  will follow the Church of England Statement of safeguarding principles 

We are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community.

We will:

Promote a safer environment and culture

Safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults within the Church

Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

Care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons

Care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons

Respond to those that may pose a present risk to others

These policy commitments are based on our five foundations:


Human rights and the law

Core principles

Good safeguarding practice

The Safeguarding Officer coordinator for St Mary the Virgin is EDWARD BEDELL, who can be contacted on 01939 251508 but, if  he is not available, contact Reverend Paul Cawthorne on 07981345820 for advice, or download the attached file which gives further details such as telephone numbers and email addresses of the Diocesan Safeguarding  Advisers, and other useful addresses and telephone numbers, as well as out of hours emergency support.

Safeguarding_A4_Poster_-_Jun19, PDF