Church of England Diocese of Salisbury Trowbridge

Safeguarding Policy

St James' Church takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church

In exercising our ministry to all who come within this church we are committed to:

• Promoting a safer environment and culture

• Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults

• Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

• Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons

• Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons

• Responding to those that may pose a present risk

IF YOU NEED ADVICE ON REPORTING ABUSE or IF YOU ARE CONCERNED that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from our Parish Safeguarding Representative or if necessary report the matter to the Wiltshire Council Social Services or the Police without delay.

Our Parish Safeguarding Representative can be approached in confidence:  Anna Pawley 07590 999839

Or report your concerns confidentially to the Rector:  Rob Thomas 01225 350647

You can also report your concerns to:

Salisbury Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Heather Bland 01722 411922

Wiltshire Council Social Services 0300 456 0108 (out of hours 0300 456 0100)

These organisations can provide advice and support

• NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

• Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900

• NAPAC: 0808 801 0331 (National Association for People Abused in Childhood)

• Samaritans: 116 123

• Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

• National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

• Action On Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141

CHILDLINE 0800 1111 (24 hours) For children and young people with concerns of bullying and abuse

Our Full Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

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