St Michael & All Angels

Sharing God's Love

A Safer Church

Child Protection; Vulnerable Adult Protection; Domestic Abuse

Guidelines from The Diocese of Canterbury

It is everyone's responsibility to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults.

RECOGNISE

The main forms of abuse are:

We may become aware of abuse or concerns about someone's behaviour in a number of ways.

All must be taken seriously and acted on.

RESPOND

DON'T

With a person making a disclosure

DO

RECORD

What to record:

REFER

You are not expected to be an expert in these areas so refer on.

ALL ALLEGATIONS AND DISCLOSURES MUST BE REFERRED TO THE DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING ADVISERS

If you believe a person is at immediate risk of harm when they leave you, make a referral directly to the appropriate agency - Police or Social Services.

All disclosures, allegations, concerns should be referred initially to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers who will inform other appropriate people such as the bishop, vice-dean (safeguarding) etc.

No concern is too small - all disclosures, issues or concerns seen or that you are made aware of must be acted on as soon as possible. Do not investigate yourself.

CONTACTS

Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators:

Name: Gay Adam (children)  email: here

Name: Janice Collins (adults) email: here

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers:

Elaine Rose (01233 720930/ 07831 860218) email: here

Paul Brightwell (01732 384734/07398 009951) email: here

Lesley Weaver (07971 626567) email: here

Diocesan Safeguarding Office (DBS)

01227 459401 email: here

Other contact telephone numbers:

Police  101 (24 hrs)

Kent Social Services - out of hours: 03000 41 91 91

Kent Adult Services: 03000 41 11 11

Kent Adult Services: 03000 41 61 61

Stop it Now Helpline: 0808 1000 900

Childline: 0800 11 11

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0844 804 4999