St John the Baptist Church
Promoting a Safer Church
As a parish church, we have adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance.
Our PCC has formally adopted this Safeguarding Policy Statement.
Our parish safeguarding officer is:
Melanie Pearson – children and young people – email@example.com;
Melanie Pearson – vulnerable adults – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reporting a concern
Any safeguarding concerns in the parish should be brought to the attention of the Parish Safeguarding Officer (contact number above) in the first instance, or you can seek further advice from the diocesan safeguarding officer Carole Fitzsimons
or telephone 01733 887040,
Address: Diocese Offices, The Palace, Peterborough, PE1 1YB.
Links to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be found here:
We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and that not everyone may want to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Below is a list of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).