St Michael & All Angels

Sharing God's Love

A Safer Church

Child Protection; Vulnerable Adult Protection; Domestic Abuse

CONTACTS

Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators:

Name: Gay Adam (children)  email: here

Name: Janice Collins (adults) email: here

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers:

Fiona Coombs (07548 232395 email: here

Paul Brightwell (01732 384734/07398 009951) 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

Main Contact: 03000 41 41 41

Children's Social Services: 03000 41 11 11

Children& Families Information Service; -3000 41 23 23

Adult Social Services and Health: 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

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.

You can read our Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement  here