Safeguarding

The PCC of St John the Evangelist  is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community.

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Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do at St John’s. We want everyone from the youngest child to the oldest adult to feel happy and safe as they participate in the life of the church.

Caring for one another is the responsibility of the whole church. If you have a particular concern that you wish to share then please contact any of the following:

Rector: Rev Rona Stuart Bourne by email rector@saintjohns.org.uk or phone 01483 572207

Parish Safeguarding Officer: Rosanne Bond by email safeguardingstjohn@gmail.com or phone 01483 579462

Interim Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Jane Huttly by email jane.huttly@cofeguildford.org.uk or phone 07552 530355

 

Safeguarding at St John’s

We adhere to the strict guidelines set out by the Diocese of Guildford as detailed in its safeguarding policy which can be found here. In addition to the Diocesan policy the Parochial Church Council (PCC) adopted the Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy, Promoting A Safer Church in May 2020. This policy can be found here.

Volunteers working with children and/or vulnerable adults are carefully recruited. For those helping on a regular basis we carry out a full criminal record check known as a DBS. Job descriptions and safeguarding training are provided to ensure that they are clear on the church’s expectation in their roles and that they know what to do if they have any concerns.

 

Reporting A Safeguarding Concern

If you are concerned that a child or an adult is, or may be, at risk of abuse then you should report it without delay to the Rector or the Parish Safeguarding Officer. Contact details are given above.

If it is a non emergency situation then please make contact either by telephone or email. We will then contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser to ensure that we respond appropriately. We will do everything we can to support the person at risk.

If it is an emergency situation and you believe the child or adult is in immediate danger of significant harm then you should call 999 before reporting it to the Rector or Parish Safeguarding Officer.

For further information contact Rosanne Bond Parish Safeguarding Officer either by e-mail at safeguardingstjohn@gmail.com or by phone on 01483 579462

You can also contact the Rector, Rev. Rona Stuart-Bourne on 01483 572207 or by e-mail at rector@saintjohns.org.uk

 

Support Helplines

If you wish to speak with someone outside the church then you might find that one of the following help lines could be of assistance.

∙ 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

∙The Silver Line dedicated to older people – 0800 4 70 80 90

∙ 24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline – 0808 2000 247

∙ NAPAC offer support and advice to adult survivors of childhood abuse – 0808 8010 331

∙ 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 2222

∙ 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