Creating a safe environment for people to know God’s love, especially at times of particular need and vulnerability, is at the heart of what we are about as churches. We take the safeguarding and flourishing of all, and particularly children and vulnerable adults, seriously and are deeply grieved at the times in years past when the church, other charities, institutions and organisations have not been safe enough places leading to devastating pain and horrific abuse.

Many in our churches, including all members of trustee/leadership teams (known as Church Councils), the staff team, any who have responsibility for ministries with children and vulnerable adults, and all who lead them, have been trained in both general and specific aspects of safeguarding. Each church has rigorous processes and procedures, which are regularly reviewed and updated by the Safeguarding Co-ordinator for that church (contact details for which are on the page for that specific Parish on this website). We are working hard to ensure our churches are as safe as they can be made, so that all can flourish, whilst recognising cultural change doesn’t happen overnight and we cannot be complacent that there is always more that can be done.

If you have a safeguarding concern, then please contact the Safeguarding Co-ordinator for the church in question (details of each Safeguarding Co-ordinator are on the individual church pages under Team Churches), or the parish priest. If you wish to speak to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, or to someone outside the church, their contact details are available here –