What would you do?

What would you do if... 
  • A child discloses alleged abuse?
  • An adult discloses alleged abuse? 
  • You notice signs of abuse of a child or an adult? 
  • There is an accident to a child or vulnerable adult in your care? 
  • Behaviour is observed which poses risks to others or themselves? 

It could happen. And it could happen to you. 

What would you do? What should you do? 

On Saturday 21st June many of us gathered in the church for an essential Safeguarding Training session. Some had attended a lot of training sessions before; some had never had a discussion about Safeguarding before. 

‘TRAINING ON A SATURDAY?!’ I hear you cry... YES. And it was sunny too. But it was worth it. 

We explored what Safeguarding meant, why it was important that we were all aware of the procedures, we discussed issues and gained a valuable insight into how the church and the community can work together to keep those most vulnerable safe from harm. 

But what is Safeguarding? What is all the fuss about? 

Safeguarding- what does that mean? 

SAFEGUARDING means putting measures in place that provide practical and pragmatic ways to guard the safety of children and young people, vulnerable adults and those in abusive relationships. 

We, at the Church of the Holy Spirit, aim to create a safe environment, where children and young people are nurtured and protected; and where all people, and especially those who may be in abusive relationships or who are vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.

What are we doing about it? 

Anyone in contact with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults has a responsibility to ensure that proper Safeguarding procedures are followed at all times. 

One of the best ways we can make sure we maintain a safe environment is by regularly attending Safeguarding Training sessions. Not only does this remind us of the proper procedures that are in place 
for the protection of children and vulnerable adults, but it also keeps the issues fresh in our mind, making us more alert to potential threats. 

We also have a wealth of Safeguarding resources that remind us of the official procedures including a copy of ‘A Safe Church: Policies, Procedures and Guidelines’ which details how best to prevent, protect and respond to any Safeguarding issue.  A copy is kept in the vestry and there is also a copy available for anyone to borrow – please ask Rosemarie Jones.  You can also access a copy online 

What the diocese is doing about it

The Diocese policy on Safeguarding is simple: we are committed to ensuring that both as individuals and as a community we act promptly on any complaints made; we care for those who have been abused in the past; and we minister appropriately to those who have abused. All is this is detailed in “A Safe Church” and online here 

Who do I ask? 

Rosemarie Jones is our Safeguarding Officer. She can be reached by email (rosemarie.jones@churchofengland.org) or by telephone on 07730 986 913  

If you do have a concern please do call or email for advice.  Do not delay.

Who else can help?  

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser 

Kate Singleton 
Tel: 020 7939 9424 (office hours) or 07982 279 713 (mobile for out of hours, or if unavailable on landline).

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Steve Short 

Safeguarding Administrator 
Christine Flowerdew 

All of these contacts are located at Trinity House, 4 Chapel Court, London SE1 1HW.