Safeguarding and Child Protection

The parishes within our team are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church community as an integral part of our ministry. Safeguarding is about the actions we take to promote a safer culture in all of our churches.

We aim to create protective and supportive environments where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey in safety.

We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and adults, and Church of England policy and practice.

This means we will: 

  • promote the welfare of children, young people and adults
  • work to prevent abuse from occurring
  • seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused
  • take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.

Each parish’s Safeguarding Policy can be found below:

Contacts:

If you need to contact someone regarding safeguarding or child protection, please contact the Safeguarding Officer for the appropriate parish as below. The Safeguarding Officers are the first point-of-call for anyone within the church who has safeguarding concerns; they are also responsible for ensuring that our policy and procedures for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults are adhered to and that people who interface with children & vulnerable adults receive suitable training, as well as being required to have an up-to-date Disclosure and Barring Service certification when appropriate.

Wallingford Safeguarding Officer – Jacqui Norbury

She can be contacted  by email at stmarywallsafeguarding@gmail.com or by phone 01491 835779.

Brightwell Safeguarding Officer – Margot Shawyer

She can be contacted  by email at margotshawyer@gmail.com or by phone 01491 826677.

Crowmarsh Safeguarding Officer – Felicity Hermsen

She can be contacted  by email at flickhermsen@hotmail.com or by phone 07765 007972.

Please visit the Diocesan Safeguarding website for more information.