Most of the time at church we are like a big happy family. However, even in very happy families people, even people we know, love and trust, can upset and harm us. We want to help everyone to have good days all of the time. We try to make sure that people who have jobs in the church always behave well and in a way that is helpful to you. We never want anyone or anything in church to frighten, confuse or worry you. It is important that you tell us if something is upsetting you, or if you are feeling worried about something that’s happening, or something somebody is doing. We have specially trained people who you can talk to, and who you can ask for help. These people are good at safeguarding. This means they look after everyone’s safety. Caring for people is a very important part of our Christian life.
The people who can help you are the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Tricia Reid (01522 723468) or, if you wish to speak to someone outside St Michael's, the Diocesan Safeguarding Team (01522 504080 or 07432522412). They have information about other places from where you can get help or advice as well.
St Michael's takes the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. Our Safeguarding policies and procedures are published here. They have been approved by the PCC and will be reviewed and updated as regularly.
St Michael's Safeguarding Policies
See the Church of England's Safeguarding section on their website here