The PCC of St Peter’s Church Newdigate have adopted the Church Of England “Promoting a Safer Church” Policy Statement, national policies and Practice Guidance approved by the House of Bishops. This policy statement actively underpins all safeguarding work within the church.
The following policy of St. Peter’s Newdigate Parochial Church Council (PCC) has been agreed and adopted by the PCC
This policy statement actively underpins all safeguarding work within the church.
In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community, and will ensure that we will
- Adopt and implement the House of Bishops’ safeguarding policy and practice guidance.
- Promote and publicise the ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy statement, and ensure all church officers have access to it.
- Have a plan in place that sets out, in line with national and local priorities, how the policy will be put into action.
- Ensure that any person who works with vulnerable groups is aware of and abides by national and local safeguarding guidance.
- Review the policy regularly to ensure best practice
Promoting a Safer Church sets out the Church of England’s commitment to making the church a safer place for all.
The Policies and Practice Guidance apply to all Church bodies and officers. All authorised clergy , bishops, archdeacons licensed readers and lay workers, church wardens and PCCs are required by section 5 Clergy Disciplinary Measure to have “due regard” to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops.
The Policy Statement, Policies, Practice Guidance and Protocols are available to view on the diocesan website at www.cofeguildford.org.uk/safeguardingpolicy together with the Parish Handbook
The Parish will:
- Create a safe and caring place for all.
- Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
- Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and vulnerable adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
- Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
- Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
- Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
- Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
- Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
- Following advice from the DSA support and manage the safe involvement of any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
- Ensure that procedures and risk assessments are in place for all activities and that these are reviewed annually.
- Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.
Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.
The PCC is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community
“Promoting a Safer Church” sets out the Church of England’s commitment to making the church a safer place for all.
This document can be found online at
The Policy Statement, Policies, Guidance and Protocols are available to view on the Guildford diocesan website at www.cofeguildford.org.uk/safeguardingpolicy
Contact details if you have any concerns about Safeguarding Issues or Domestic Abuse issues
St Peter’s Newdigate Parish Safeguarding Officer for Children and Vulnerable adults
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 07813 044665
Guildford Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Ian Berry Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (Case Management)
E-mail email@example.com Phone 07544 566850
St. Peter’s Newdigate Designated Safeguarding Lead
Rev Andrew Coe
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 01306 631469
OTHER PLACES OF CONTACT OUTSIDE OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND FOR HELP WITH SAFEGUARDING ISSUES OR DOMESTIC ABUSE ISSUES
For all emergency situations call 999.
The Single Point of Access (SPA)
Children and Adult Services social workers. Direct information, advice and guidance about where and how to find the appropriate support for children and families.
Surrey: 0300 470 9100 email: (children) email@example.com
email: (adult) firstname.lastname@example.org
Domestic Abuse Surrey ~ YourSanctuary: 01483 776822
24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247
DeafHope (BSL)Text 07970350366
Childline tel: 0800 1111
Samaritans tel: 116123 email: email@example.com
What is defined as Abuse?
The UK central government document “Working Together to Safeguard Children”
can be accessed at
This Government Document categorises and defines child abuse in terms of:
- Physical abuse including hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning or suffocating.
- Emotional abuse including conveying to a child that they are inadequate, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, verbal abuse, isolation, seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying (including cyber bullying).
- Sexual abuse This may include involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse.
- Neglect including failure to provide adequate food, clothing and shelter, to protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger, to provide adequate supervision and/or access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse.
Witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse, and teenagers can suffer domestic abuse in their relationships.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. Children or young people may be tricked into believing they are in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed and exploited online. Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Bullying and Cyberbullying
Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. It can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It is usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally. Bullying that happens online, using social networks, games and mobile phones, is often called cyberbullying. A child can feel like there is no escape because it can happen wherever they are, at any time of day or night.
With the ever-growing use of the internet, mobile telephones and online gaming (e.g. Xbox/
PlayStation), there has been a corresponding rise in the use of the internet and other electronic communication to target, groom and abuse children. Adults may target chat rooms, social networking sites, messaging services, mobile phones, online gaming sites and the internet generally. Children are particularly vulnerable to abuse by adults who pretend to be children of comparable ages when online and who try to obtain images or engineer meetings.
The downloading, keeping or distributing of indecent images of children are all classified as sexual offences. Such offences are sometimes referred to as non-contact sexual offences. However, it must be remembered that children will have been abused in the making of the images. The texting of sexual messages and photographs can be particularly problematic and abusive amongst children and young people.
Definition of domestic abuse
The cross Government definition of Domestic Abuse can be found at
The cross Government definition of abuse is: any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse perpetrated by those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
The Church recognises additional categories of neglect, spiritual and digital abuse.