The Bishop of St Albans said, “As a Diocese we have a vision of Living God’s Love so that God’s Kingdom might grow in this world. In seeking to realise that vision our objectives include a desire to grow the faith of children and young people and to protect the vulnerable. If we are to achieve those objectives we must ensure our churches are safe, and seen to be so, and therefore our safeguarding policies and practice are core to what we do.”
In our benefice, we echo those sentiments. We do our best to keep people safe and have policies and procedures in place to help us do this. The Diocese of St Albans also has information on safeguarding on its website, here.
If you have a concern:
Call 999 if a child or adult is in immediate danger of significant or serious harm.
If not, the following national helplines may be of assistance:
- NSPCC – 0808 800 5000
- Childline – 0800 1111
- Stop it Now – 0808 1000 900
- NAPAC – 0808 801 0331
- Samaritans – 116 123
- Family Lives – 0808 800 2222
- National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
- Action on Elder Abuse – 0808 808 8141
The following two local resources may also be of help:
- Herts Sunflower, or one of its partner organisations
- Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline (hertsdomesticabusehelpline.org)
08 088 088 088
If you wish to make a report of an incident or a disclosure, this is best done through our dedicated form.
You may contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Jane Mellors using the form below.