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St James’ safeguarding policy

Safeguarding is at the heart of our Christian faith…. We will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults. We will work to prevent abuse from occurring. We will seek to protect those who are risk of being abused and respond well to those who have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks. The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all.


Archbishop Justin Welby, 2018

St James’ Church Ministry Team and PCC Commitments

  1. Promoting a safer environment and culture
  2. Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults
  3. Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons
  4. Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concern/allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  5. Responding to those that may pose a present risk
  6. Building good safeguarding practice by following the guidelines found within Church of England House of Bishops Parish Safeguarding Handbook ‘Promoting a Safer Church’:

Our safeguarding policies can be found here as well as noticeboards around the church. They are:

  • Policy for Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Policy on Domestic Abuse Awareness
  • Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

Some contact details

National Helplines & Websites
Other relevant online links