Legal Notices


We are committed to ensuring that St James the Less is a safe place for all.

The Parochial Church Council of St James the Less has adopted the House of Bishops’ Promoting a Safer Church Safeguarding Policy Statement.

Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Revd Ruth Cartwright. She can be contacted at church or by phone 01702 426998 or by e-mail [email protected]

St James the Less is part of the Diocese of Chelmsford. For further information about Safeguarding in the Diocese of Chelmsford click here.

For information about the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and Safeguarding contacts in the Diocese of Chelmsford click here. This page includes contact details for Safeguarding organisations and charities.

If you would like to report or discuss your concerns about a vulnerable child or young person, contact Essex County Council Children’s Social Care

Tel: 0345 6037627 (Mon- Fri, 9am-5pm)

Tel: 0345 6061212 (Emergency Duty Team – Out of hours)

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

If you are concerned about a vulnerable adult, contact Essex County Council Adult Social Care

Tel: 0345 6037630 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

Tel: 0345 6061212 (Emergency Duty Team – Out of hours)

Email: [email protected]


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If you are a child or young person and would like to talk to someone in confidence, contact Childline on 0800 1111

If you would like help and/or advice or wish to speak to someone anonymously about concerns for a particular child or young person, contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0800 800 5000

If you would like advice about abuse of a vulnerable adult, contact the Action on Elder Abuse Helpline on 0800 808 8141

If you believe that somebody is in immediate risk of danger or harm, you should call 999 and ask for the police.

Past Cases Review 2

Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) is a review into the handling of safeguarding cases across the Church of England. The review was commissioned following a 2018 report that revealed many shortcomings both in the process and final outcome of the original Past Cases Review that had been commissioned in 2007. In every diocese across the country, independent reviewers will be looking at every safeguarding case file as well as the files relating to church officers, both lay and ordained, past and present. Parishes have also been asked to check that all their safeguarding cases have been correctly reported to their diocesan team and to notify them of any cases that haven't been reported.

Listening to Survivors

A key focus of PCR2 is listening to survivors. Individuals who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process, who need to come forward with information or to make any safeguarding disclosures regarding church-related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team at [email protected] or to visit for further information. However, recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the Church, a dedicated telephone helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the Church by the NSPCC, has been set up.



The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of the Parish of St James the Less, Hadleigh and the Ministers licensed to serve in the Parish of St James the Less, Hadleigh

We are committed to safeguarding your privacy. The collection and use of personal information by us is in accordance with the Data Protection Act of 1998. This privacy policy only covers data collected and used by the Parish. Please read the following policy to understand how your personal information will be treated. This policy was last updated in May 2018 and may change from time to time.

1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR).

2. Who are we?

The PCC of The Parish of St James the Less, Hadleigh and the Ministers licensed to serve in the Parish of St James the Less, Hadleigh are the data controllers (contact details below). This means they decide how personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. What data do we collect?

We only collect personal information when you specifically and knowingly provide it to us directly and this will only be your name and contact details, unless more information is needed (eg for a wedding, funeral or baptism). Some details may be shared with the wider Church of England. We may then communicate with you by post and/or telephone and/or email depending on your expressed preferences.

4. How do we process personal data?

We comply with our obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure, and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data (locked cabinets, password-protected electronic records). We will not share your data with other organisations

We use your personal data for the following purposes: –

To enable us to be the Church and provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in the Parish of St James the Less, Hadleigh and surrounding areas;

To administer membership records;

To fundraise and promote the interests of the Church;

To manage our employees and volunteers;

To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);

To inform you about acts of remembrance for anniversary of death, baptisms and wedding; news, financial requests, events and activities specifically to do with your involvement in the Church and services in the Parish of St James the Less, Hadleigh.

5. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

We have to have the explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, and activities specifically to do with your involvement in the Church and services in the Parish, and to process your gift aid donations, as long as:

-processing of data is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement, and

-processing of data is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a religious aim provided the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes) and there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.

6. Sharing your personal data

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the Church in order to carry out a service to other Church members or for purposes connected with the Church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the Parish with your consent.

7. How long do we keep your personal data?

We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website [see footnote for link]. Specifically, we retain Electoral Roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

8. Your rights and your personal data

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: –

The right to request a copy of the personal data which we hold about you

The right to request that we correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date

The right to change your preferences for how we communicate with you

The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for us to retain such data

The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time

The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [This only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means]

The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing

The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics.]

The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office

9. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Notice, then we will provide you with a new Notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

10. Contact Details

To exercise all relevant rights, to ask questions or to complain, please in the first instance contact the Revd Ruth Cartwright – email [email protected]; telephone 01702 426998.

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

1 Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: –