Most of the time at church we are like a big happy family. However, even in very happy families people can have a bad day and even people we know and trust can upset us. We want to help everyone have good days all of the time. We try to make sure that people who have jobs in the church always behave well and in a way that is helpful to you. We never want anyone or anything in church to frighten you, confuse you or worry you. It is important that you tell us if something is upsetting you or if you are feeling worried about something that’s happening or something somebody is doing. We have specially trained people who you can talk to and who you can ask for help. These people are good at safeguarding. This means they look after everyone’s safety. Caring for people is a very important part of our Christian life.
The people who can help you are the parish priest or the parish safeguarding officer. You can contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Monica Kent on 07879 988562, or the Team Vicar, the Reverend Katherine Farrell, on 01472 277277. If you wish to speak to someone outside the church you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team – their contact details are available by clicking this link https://www.lincoln.anglican.org/safeguarding-overview. There is also information there about other places from where you can get help or advice.
Many parishes, whether they have their own parish website or not, make use of A Church Near You (our page is: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/14994/). At the foot of every page on ACNY there is a link to a map, which has links to all national diocesan safeguarding contacts.
The following documents have all been adopted by the Parochial Church Council for our four churches and are included here for reference. Please click on each link, below, to access the document.
- Church of England Policy Statement
- Promoting a Safer Church
- Protecting all God's children
- Responding to, assessing, and managing safeguarding concerns or allegations against church officers
- Responding well to Domestic Abuse
- Safer Recruitment
- Safeguarding Training and Development
Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone: we all have a responsibility to make sure that all children, young people, and vulnerable adults are safe, secure, and protected from harm not just when involved in Church Activities but all of the time.
If in doubt, please contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Monica Kent:
Telephone: 07879 988562