St John’s Safeguarding Policy

October 2019

As members of this PCC we are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of all our members. We recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. We are committed to implementing all safeguarding policies and practice guidance issued by the House of Bishops. We will carefully select and train all those who work or volunteer in positions of trust. We will use the Disclosure and Barring Service, amongst other tools, to check the background of each person.

We will respond, without delay, to every concern made that a person for whom we are responsible may have been harmed. We will co-operate fully with statutory agencies during any investigation concerning a member of the church community. We will seek to ensure that anyone for whom we have pastoral responsibility who has suffered abuse is offered support that meets their needs.

We will respond appropriately to those who have committed sexual offences who wish to join our fellowship, following House of Bishops’ guidance and the advice of the Safeguarding Team.

We will review this policy annually and as part of this process will ensure that all our procedures, particularly in relation to the Disclosure and Barring Service, are up to date.

Church officcers:

  • Our Safeguarding Officer is Rachael Bishop
  • Our Safeguarding Lead Recruiter is Lindsay Small
  • They can be contacted via the Church Office 01323 738671 or

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor is Colin Perkins, who can be contacted on 01273 425792 or 07500 771210

If you are worried about a vulnerable adult, please contact Adult Social Care East Sussex Council 0345 6080191 (8am – 8pm 7 days a week, including bank holidays)

Their address is:
Health and Social Care Connect (formerly Social Care Direct) St Mary’s House, 52 St Leonard’s Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UU

Parents and children should be aware of the following resources:

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