Here at All Saints church, we take seriously our care of children and vulnerable adults. We do this in accordance with national safeguarding legislation and strict Diocesan guidance. As such, we have adopted the Guidance provided by the House of Bishops. The six policy commitments based on five foundational statements can be found in the booklet 'Promoting a Safer Church'.
We have set up policies and guidelines to enable us to promote safer practices in all church activities.
We also seek to ensure that safer recruitment practice is followed in relation to all volunteers and paid staff. This includes running DBS checks for everyone who offers to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults and ensuring our volunteers have received the required training.
View our safeguarding policy here.
You can also find our E-safety policy here.
Our whistleblowing policy here.
And Guidance for managing allegations here.
As part of our safeguarding practice, we have a Parish Safeguarding Officer, Marian Eastwood. Any queries or concerns regarding safeguarding can be directed to her.
If you are a child and you need to talk to someone about things that are happening to you that you don’t like, please click on this link which takes you the Childline website, or telephone Childline on 0800 1111 https://www.childline.org.uk/
If you are an adult and you need to access support about something that is happening to you, please click on this link to find out how you can do that. Scroll down to find links to various support organisations for you to contact. https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/Ihavebeenabused/
If you need to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, please click on this link. https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/contacttheteam/
If you need to report a safeguarding concern to the statutory authorities in Sussex, please click on this link, click on the option on the left that most describes the situation you are concerned about, and follow the advice and further links you find there. Please remember to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as well once you have contacted the statutory authorities. https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/whatdoidoif/
Here are some other useful contacts:
CCPAS 24hour helpline : 08451204550
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Brighton and Hove City Council: 01273 290400 (children and young people) or 01273 295555 (adults)
East Sussex County Council: 01323 464222 (children and young people) or 03456 080191 (adults)
West Sussex County Council: 01403 229900 (children and young people) or 01243 642121 (adults)