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 parish of Astley: St Mary is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Lichfield’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."

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.

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