Church of England Diocese of Chichester St. Thomas, New Groombridge

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]

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Here is a link to the Safeguarding Policy:</span>

If you are a child and you need to talk to someone about things that are happening to you that you don’t like, please click on this link which takes you the Childline website, or telephone Childline on 0800 1111

If you are an adult and you need to access support about something that is happening to you, please click on this link 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 contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, please click on this link.

If you need to report a safeguarding concern to the statutory authorities in Sussex, please click on this link, click on the option on the left 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.

Children services 01323 464222

Parent line plus 0808 800 222

Emergency Social work team 01273 335906 (out of hours) 01273 335905

Diocesan Safeguarding children adviser 01273 425792

All other Policies also attached

Anti Bullying

Social Media Policy

Baptism Policy

Health and Safety 

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