We are committed to ensuring the safety of everyone who is in contact with the community of St James' Church.
Our policy statement is provided here.

Policy Statement

This Parochial Church Council has adopted the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Church of England. In particular we are committed to:

  • the safeguarding of all children, young people and vulnerable adults.

  • carefully selecting and training paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, using the Disclosure and Barring Service amongst other tools, to check their suitability.

  • responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed.

  • cooperating fully with the police, local authority and any other appropriate statutory body in any investigation.

  • ministering appropriately to anyone, child or adult, who has experienced abuse.

  • extending pastoral care to those known to have offended against children or vulnerable adults whilst ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are protected from them.

We have appointed Ruth Flanders as the Parish Safeguarding Coordinator. Ruth may be contacted directly by phoning 01843 446832 and choosing the Safeguarding option. Your call will be re-directed automatically to her personal number.

Approved by the Parochial Church Council on 9 January 2018.

Signed: S G Rae (Vicar); Mick Flanders (Church Warden)

Dated: 19 March 2019

Any child wishing to talk about a problem can contact Childline on 0800 1111.

Any parent or carer wishing to talk about parenting problems can contact Family Lives on 0808 800 2222.

The Parish Safeguarding Coordinator is available to speak with adults or children.