Safeguarding 

On this page you will find - 

What we have done
What to do if you have any concerns about safeguarding in the church
Safeguarding concerns about a child
Safeguarding concerns about a vulnerable adult
Domestic abuse
Childline

St Andrew's is a friendly and welcoming place, and so far as we are aware no child or vulnerable adult has come to any harm whilst in our care. Nonetheless, we are committed to doing all we can to continue to protect children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with the church by achieving best practice in all areas of our work. We are committed to this because each child and vulnerable adult is precious to our loving God and therefore to us.

Our safeguarding procedures comply with the guidance and recommendations of Ely Diocese and the Church of England.

What we have done

We have:

  • appointed a Parish Safeguarding Officer
  • adopted the House of Bishops' safeguarding policy, Promoting a Safer Church, which can be found here 
  • brought into use the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, which can be found here
  • implemented 'safer recruitment' procedures for all our volunteers who may come into contact with children and vulnerable adults. This includes completing a confidential declaration, the provision of two references, DBS checks and safeguarding training appropriate to the work undertaken
  • risk assessed all our routine activities, and ensured that we carry out risk assessments for one-off activities
  • adopted a policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders, which can be found here

The Parish Safeguarding Officer reports to each meeting of the Church Council

What to do if you have any concerns about safeguarding in the church

If you have a concern about a child, young person or adult within the church, a useful guide as to what to do is here.

The Parish Safeguarding Officer is Lisa MacGregor, who can be contacted on 07523 668731 or staplefordsafeguarding@gmail.com.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor is Rebecca Boswell, who can be contacted on 01353 652731 or rebecca.boswell@elydiocese.org. The Diocesan Safeguarding Duty Phone for reporting a concern or seeking advice is 01353 652747.

Other sources of advice and help

Safeguarding concerns about a child
To report safeguarding concerns about a child, contact Cambridgeshire County Council: 

Telephone: 0345 045 5203 (8-6 pm Monday to Friday); 01733 234724 (out of hours)
Email: referralcentre.children@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Safeguarding concerns about a vulnerable adult
Or to report safeguarding concerns about a vulnerable adult, contact Cambridgeshire County Council:

Telephone: 0345 045 5202 (8 am to 6 pm weekdays, 9 am to 1 pm Saturday); 01733 234724
Email: referral.centre-adults@cambridgeshire.gov.uk 

Domestic abuse
Advice on domestic abuse is here

 

Childline

If you are a child or young person worried about your situation, Childline is a great source of advice. Its website is here. Or you can call them on 0800 1111.

Promoting a safer church   safeguarding - a pocket guide  Parish safeguarding handbook