Safeguarding Policy

Milton Parish Church 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(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Rochester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. 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.

Parish safeguarding officer: Keith Blakemore; email [email protected]; telephone: 01474 359493

Diocesan safeguarding officer: Greg Barry, email [email protected]; Telephone 01634 560000

Social services: telephone 03000 41 11 11 (child) 03000 41 61 61 (adult); [email protected]

Childline 020 7650 3200 Domestic abuse helpline 0808 2000 247

The Parochial church council of St Peter & St Paul, Milton next Gravesend w Denton have adopted the Church of England Safeguarding Policy, viewable at:

https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church-safeguarding

Diocesan policy is set out at

https://www.rochester.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/

Safe Spaces: a service for victims and survivors of church-related abuse

Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales, or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role in the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group.

If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have need to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger. Safe Spaces can provide a range of help, including advocating with authorities and other agencies, giving emotional support, providing information (including information on church and police procedures), understanding your needs and working together on individual support plans.

Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)