The parish of St Mary the Virgin, Gillingham 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 (PSO).  The Diocese of Salisbury’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors (DSAs) who advise our PSO.  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.

Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded below.

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns, you can contact one of our PSO, Sarah Snook, on 01747 826844.

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding team - Jem Carter or Suzy Futcher.  The team is available from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, [email protected] or

Phone: 07500 664800 (Monday to Thursday inclusive and on call Monday and Tuesday evenings until 9pm)

Phone: 07469 857888 (Tuesday to Friday inclusive and on call Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 9pm)

If your query is urgent or out of hours, please contact thirtyone:eight on 0303 0031111

Promoting a safer church - Poster revised May 2024, PDF


Safeguarding Policy revised 2024, PDF