St Swithin’s takes seriously the safety and wellbeing of all those we come into contact with. We will ensure that our church provides a safe environment where children, young people and adults can worship safely and grow in faith. The PCC has adopted all the policies listed on the Diocesan website here. The whistleblowing policy can be found here.
The St. Swithin’s Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here.
What if I have concerns about a person or a situation?
If you have concerns that a person within one our church is not behaving appropriately, or that a situation has developed that may potentially be unsafe, then you should talk to someone in authority. Such people include.
Our Vicar (Jim Prestwood) who can be contacted on 01522 536451 or by email at email@example.com
Our Safeguarding Officer (Jess Bellshaw) who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
The on duty Safeguarding Team Member on 07908 893529
Alternatively if you would like to speak to someone outside of St. Swithin’s, you can talk to:
The Lincoln Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Deborah Johnson) during office hours on 01522 504081
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team by e-mail at email@example.com
Further contact details for the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be found here.
What if the situation is urgent?
If you have a serious concern about a child or adult at risk you should contact the Police or the local authority safeguarding team in your area. Please note: you do not need to speak to the either the local Safeguarding Officer or the Diocesan Safeguarding Team first if the matter is urgent.
What if I have general concerns not connected with the Church, or need help myself?
There are a number of organisations you can get in touch with who can help you. These include
The Emergency Services (Urgent): 999
Local Police: 101
Childline: 0800 1111
Stop It Now! (NSPCC): 0808 800 5000
Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141
Domestic Violence: 0808 2000 247
Where can I find more information on the Church of England Safeguarding Policies?
Further details on the Church of England's Safeguarding policies, including Protecting All God's Children (safeguarding policy for children and young people, 4th edition, 2010) and Promoting a Safe Church (safeguarding policy for adults, 2006) can be found on the Safeguarding page of the Church of England here.