Promoting a Safer Church
Most of the time at church we are like a big happy family. However, even in very happy families people, even people we know, love and trust, can upset and harm us. We try to make sure that people who have jobs in the church always behave well and in a way that is helpful to you. We never want anyone or anything in church to frighten, confuse or worry you. It is important that you tell us if something is upsetting you, or if you are feeling worried about something that’s happening, or something somebody is doing. We have specially trained people who you can talk to, and who you can ask for help. These people are good at safeguarding. This means they look after everyone’s safety. Caring for people is a very important part of our Christian life.
The people who can help you are the parish priest (Revd Michelle Godbold 01522 426723) or the parish safeguarding coordinator (Mark Sims 01522 810153). If you wish to speak to someone outside the church you can contact the diocesan safeguarding team – their contact details are available on 01522 504080/ 07432522412 There is also information there about other places from where you can get help or advice.
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.Further information, together with Graffoe Parish policy statements can be found in a Safeguarding Folder kept at the back of all our Churches.
House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy for children, young people & adults – Our Commitments:
- 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
Full downloadable documents can be found on the Diocesan website:
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 a Safeguarding Advisor or if necessary, report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.
Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns:
Parish Safeguarding Coordinator: Mark Sims, Tel: 01522 810153
Local Authority Social Care Services: 01522 782333
If there is immediate risk or danger, contact the Police on 101.
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Childline: 0800 1111
NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
Samaritans: 116 123
Family Lives: 0808 800 2222
National Domestic Violence: 0808 2000 247
Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900
Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 8088 141