Safeguarding & Church Policies

The Diocesan Children’s Safeguarding Policy has been adopted by St Thomas the Apostle Groombridge and is implemented in all our work with children and young people. It is the responsibility of the Safeguarding Officer for Children and Vulnerable Adults, Beverley Hollands, to ensure that the necessary people are familiar with and adhere to this policy. This includes taking up references and carrying out other checks on the volunteers working in the various children’s groups as well as providing advice, support and training. 

St Thomas the Apostle Safeguarding Officer Beverley Hollands contact: 01892 864772 or 07568453926                                                      email: [email protected]

Please see attached file or our policies 

Children and Vulnerable Adults

The Church takes its obligations to protect Children and Vulnerable Adults very seriously and is fully committed to implement and comply with all the policies and procedures required by the Diocese.

To this end, we have appointed a Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Beverley Hollands who should be contacted in the first instance by anyone who has concerns or needs to seek further clarification or advice on this important issue.

Mrs Beverley Hollands : Safeguarding Officer

📧 [email protected]

☎ 07568 453926

If unavailable, please contact:

Colin Perkins : Safeguarding Advisor to the Diocese

☎ 01273 425792,

If you are a child…

and you need to talk about things that are happening to you that you don’t like, please click on the link below that takes you to the Childline website

Tel: 0800 1111

If you are an adult…

and you need to access support about something that is happening to you, please click on the link below to find out how you can do that. Scroll down to find links to various support organisations for you to contact.

If you need to report something

If you need to report a safeguarding concern to the statutory authorities in Sussex, please click on the link below

Click on the option that most describes the situation you are concerned about, and follow the advice and further links you find there.

Please remember to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as well once you have contacted the statutory authorities      

Please see Attachment to view our policies

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