All organisations involved with children, young people or vulnerable adults must ensure they adopt safe working practice in every area.

Introduction- why do we need this standard?

All organisations working with children, young people and vulnerable adults should operate and promote good working practice. This will enable workers to run activities safely, develop good relationships and minimise the risk of false or unfounded accusation. It will also help to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults not only when they are participating in activities run by the organisation but also in their day-to-day lives.

Faith Fact: Places of worship are often involved in a variety of different activities and they can operate from different locations (e.g. crèche, Sunday school, detached youth work, internet café, lunch club for adults with learning disabilities). This makes it even more important to have guidelines in place for specific activities as well as be working to general standards of good working practice.

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Further help and guidance


  • NSPCC for adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000
  • Childline for children and young people: 0800 1111
  • Action on Elder Abuse helpline: 0808 808 8141
  • 24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • NAPAC offer support and advice to adult survivors of childhood abuse: 08088010331
  • Stop It Now preventing child sexual abuse: 0808 1000 900
  • Cruse bereavement helpline: 0808 808 1677
  • Family Lives support and advice on family issues: 0808 800 222
  • MACSAS for people who have been abused by church officers: 0808 801 0340
  • Samaritans for people struggling to cope and needing someone to talk to: 116 123

Some sources of support for victims and families of abuse


Safeguarding: who to contact in an emergency

If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don’t delay: call Children and Adult’s Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833408

Also please inform your Parish Safeguarding officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Sarah Jane, on 07506 515 952 or Pauline on 01993 648136 that you have contacted them.

Safeguarding: who to contact with concerns

For all safeguarding concerns please immediately inform your Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Sarah Jane, on 07506 515 952 or Pauline on 01993 648136. You can also email concerns to

If you need to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01865 208295 or Richard Woodley on 07391 868478 or Lisa Wilkins can be reached via or 07341 866832.

Year Review

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