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Safeguarding

St Stephen’s takes issues of safeguarding very seriously and you can find help and advice below.

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in our church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of St Stephen’s.

St Stephen’s Safeguarding Policy

At the PCC meeting held on 14 May 2018 the PCC of   St Stephen’s Church Shottermill adopted the Church Of England “Promoting a Safer Church” Policy Statement, national  policies  and Practice Guidance of the House of Bishops and supporting diocesan safeguarding protocols.

“Promoting a Safer Church” sets out the Church of England’s commitment to making the church a safer place for all.

The Policies and Practice Guidance applies to all Church bodies and officers and under new legislation all authorised clergy, bishops, archdeacons licensed readers and lay workers, church wardens and PCCs must have due regard to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops.

Guildford Diocese Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guide

Church of England Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guide

St Stephen’s Safeguarding Officer

Hilary Bicknell

Tel: 07970 850 314

Email: hilary.bicknell@gmail.com

The Diocesan Safeguarding Representative is:

Ian Berry
Tel: 07544 566 850

Email: ian.berry@cofeguildford.org.uk

If you, or someone you are concerned about is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from St Stephen’s Safeguarding Officer or the Diocesan Safeguarding Representative using the contact details above.

If you need advice or to report a concern outside normal office hours, please ring Surrey Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 0300 470 9100 Out of Hours Service 01483 517 898

If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult may be at immediate risk, contact the police 999.