Both our parishes take very seriously their obligation to protect children, young people and vulenerable adults involved in church activities. We believe that safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the church and that everyone has a right to care and respect.
We have adopted the national policies and procedures of the Church of England, but brief policy statements, and helpful information such as contact details are displayed on the noticeboards in our churches.
If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of harm of any kind, please seek advice urgently. If necessary, report the matter to the police. It is especially important to contact the police on 101 if there is an immediate risk or danger of harm to any person.
In our churches, advice can be obtained from our clergy and churchwardens. You can also contact our Benefice Administrator and Safeguarding Officer, Pandora Abel Smith, on 01582 842525 or email@example.com
The Diocesan Safeguarding Officer for St Albans, Jeremy Hirst, can also help. He can be reached on 01727 818107 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of national charities operate helplines that may be useful:
NSPCC 0808 800 5000, Childline 0800 1111, National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247, Action on Elder Abuse 080 8808 8141.