Great St Mary's, Sawbridgeworth is part of the Diocese of St. Albans in the Church of England, whose Archbishops, Bishops, clergy and leaders are 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 culture and environment. 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 practice 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 keep them safe from harm.

Although safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone here at Great St Mary's Sawbridgeworth; Hazel Mead is our designated Safeguarding Lead and can be contacted about any safeguarding matter on 07709 068882. You can also speak to the Vicar, Father Simon Vivian on 01279 723719 or [email protected]k).

Jez Hirst is the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 01727 818107 | 07867 350886 | [email protected]

Two very useful links:

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

More information about Safeguarding in the Diocese of St. Albans can be found here: