Safeguarding & Policies

The leadership of St Mark Salisbury and St Andrew Laverstock, along with the wider Church of England, its Archbishops, Bishops, clergy and leaders, are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.

Safeguarding means action to promote a safer culture. 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 care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.

(Adapted from the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ safeguarding policy statement.)

If you have a safeguarding concern

All safeguarding concerns relating to Children or Vulnerable Adults at St Mark Salisbury or St Andrew Laverstock should be brought to the attention of the Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) or vicar at the earliest possible opportunity.

Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO)

Jo King
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 07771 858547

If you are unable to contact our PSO or the vicar, or you prefer to speak to someone outside the parish please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) on 07500 664800 or see the Salisbury Diocese Safeguarding website for further contact details. 

In an emergency call 999 immediately, then contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer at the earliest possible opportunity.

Other sources of help:

Stop It Now
Family Lives
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Action on Elder Abuse

Resources and Downloads

Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded below.
Our provisional Photography and Video policy is here

Other Policies available here or by contacting our parish office

Privacy Notice - Data Protection (2021)

PromotingSaferChurchWeb, PDF


2 Safeguarding Policy, PDF


2.1 Safeguarding Statement 2024, PDF