Safeguarding Policy


Safeguarding policy statement for children, young people and adults – Promoting a safer church

April 2023

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:
 Promoting a safer environment and culture.
 Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
 Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
 Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
 Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
 Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

The Parish will:
 Create a safe and caring place for all.
 Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
 Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
 Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
 Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
 Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
 Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
 Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
 Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
 Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
 Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Mike Beresford as the Parish Safeguarding Officer
Incumbent: Rev Jackie Doyle Brett
Churchwarden: Caroline Wandless
Date: 23 April 2023

Contact numbers:
Rev Jackie Doyle-Brett – 01904 448230 email:
Caroline Wandless – 01904 720703 email:
Mike Beresford – 07788 763761 email
Diocesan Safeguarding Team: 01904 699524, email:

Useful telephone numbers:
Churches Child Protection Advisory Service help line 0845 1204450
City of York Social Services (ask for Safeguarding Adults Team): 01904 555111
Local Police: 101