The Parish Church of St Mary & St Chad, Longton Stoke on Trent, is proud to be a part of the Diocese of Lichfield in the Church of England, whose Archbishops, Bishops, clergy and leaders are absolutely committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church

Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer and healthier culture. This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.

The Church of England affirms the ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding. This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent policy and practise across all Church bodies, Church Officers and that everyone associated with the Church, who comes into contact with children, young people and adults, has a role to play.

The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and adults: to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help them safe from harm.

Although safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone here at the Parish of St Mary & St Chad, Mrs Lynn Kelly is the Parish Safeguarding Officer; she can be contacted about any safeguarding matter on 01782 629963 or by email: [email protected].

If there is immediate risk or danger, please contact the police on 999.

More information on the Church of England’s National Safeguarding can be found here: