Promoting a safer church

We take seriously the safety and well-being of all connected with our church.

If you have a concern about the welfare or safety of someone, please seek advice from the Benefice Safeguarding Officer or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Services or the Police (999) without delay.

What do we mean by “Safeguarding”?

Safeguarding is the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse.  Abuse can take various forms, including physical, emotional or sexual abuse and neglect.

​Who is responsible for Safeguarding?

We all are, as a society.  If we suspect that someone is the victim of abuse, then we must not rely on someone else to do something about it. 

We must not brush off a genuine concern, however small, with “It’s none of my business”, “If I’ve spotted it, someone else is bound to have” or “Maybe I’m just imagining it”.

Each of us has a responsibility to (discretely) voice our concerns to someone who is in a position to act on them, e.g. a teacher or local child protection team.

How do we handle Safeguarding?

The Benefice takes our responsibility very seriously.  We recognise that we must take all steps necessary to ensure that:

  • no abuse ever happens during any form of church activity, and
  • should we ever receive a report of abuse – whether inside or outside of church activities – then the relevant people must know how to deal with it kindly, discretely, swiftly and effectively .

Benefice Safeguarding Office:  Jane Young (Tel: 01264 720233;  email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser:  Jackie Rowlands (01962 737317;  email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Test Valley Social Services:  Tel:  0300 555 1384 or 0300 555 13734