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Promoting a Safer Church - Parish Policy Statement

As part of their commitment to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults, the PCC agreed to adopt the House of Bishops' safeguarding policy and practice guidance and the Church of England's procedures for their implementation as detailed in our Safeguarding Policy - St Paul's Church. (You can also read the Church of England's 'Promoting a Safer Church' document here.)

Safer Recruitment

We aim to create a safe environment for the nurture and development of children, young people and adults.  To this end we follow the 'Safer Recruitment' guidelines as set out by our Parish policy on recruitment and DBS criminal records checks.  

Finding Support

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from the contacts listed below or if there is immediate danger contact the police on 999
Parish Safeguarding Officer
Diocese of Oxford - Head of Safeguarding
Louise Whitehead -
Tel: Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm: 01865 208295
Out of hours urgent safeguarding referrals:  03030031111

We understand that reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. Therefore, here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services.

For a concern about an adult:
Oxfordshire County Council Adult Social Care 01865 328232 or Emergency out of hours 0800 833408
For a concern about a child:
Oxfordshire County Council Children’s Social Care 0345 0507666 or Emergency out of hours 0800 833408
Thames Valley Domestic Abuse Services
    Aylesbury Women’s Aid: 01296 437777
    Berkshire Women’s Aid: 0118 950 4003
    Windsor Maidenhead – DASH: 01753 549865
    Milton Keynes – MK Act: 0344 375 4307
    Oxfordshire / West Berkshire: 0800 731 0055
    Slough – Hestia: 01753 477352
    Wycombe Women’s Aid: 01494 461367

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse or are concerned for someone who is experiencing domestic abuse.

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.

Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

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