Andrea Kirkby, Safeguarding Officer

Andrea Kirkby, Safeguarding Officer

We take Safeguarding extremely seriously. All our adult volunteers are DBS checked and required to do Safeguarding training. If you have any questions at all about how we look after the children, young people and vulnerable adults in our care, please speak to the Vicar, Rev Hugh Nelson at or 01580 211739 or our Safeguarding Coordinator, Andrea Kirkby at or on 01580 211 037.

Full details of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors, who can give expert and immediate support on any Safeguarding concern, are available here.

You can get immediate support from Childline on 0800 1111 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. If you believe someone is at immediate risk or danger, you should call the police on 999.

Our Safeguarding policy, which accords with the Diocesan Policy, can be read here.


Our Safeguarding Statement, approved by the PCCs of St Mary’s and Christ Church (the elected Governing Bodies of the local churches), states:

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