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​The following policy statement was adopted by the Parochial Church Council of St Giles-in-the-Fields on 9 July 2023

In accordance with the House of Bishops’ Policy Statements ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ (2017) and ‘Protecting All God’s Children’ (2010) and the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy ‘Promoting a Safer Diocese’ (2018) our church is committed to:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture.

  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.

  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.

  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.

  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.

  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.


The Parish will: 

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.

  • Have a named Church Safeguarding Officer (CSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.

  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.

  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.

  • Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.

  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.

  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.

  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.

  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.

  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.

  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

  • Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.


Contact Information

If you have any concerns regarding the safeguarding of vulnerable people at St Giles-in-the-Fields, please contact Lesley Goddard, the Church Safeguarding Officer or Catherine Campbell, the Children’s Champion.  Their contact details can be obtained through the Church Office on 020 7240 2532. If you believe someone is in imminent risk, you should contact the police.

Diocese of London

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers

020 7932 1224  (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

0303 003 1111 (out of hours)

Anybody who would like to give information or make disclosures about church-related abuse in the Diocese of London can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.

Safe Spaces

This service is run independently by the charity Victim Support, who are one of the leading charities providing specialist support to survivors of abuse in England and Wales. Safe Spaces is for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales, or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role in the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group.

If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger.


Safe Spaces Helpline: 0300 303 1056 


If you are aged under 19 years’ old and would like help, advice or support you can call Childline on 0800 1111. Their service is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.


If you are aged 19 or over and would like to talk to somebody you can call the Samaritans for free on 116 123. Their service is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.

Camden Borough Council

If you have a concern about the welfare of a child and would like to speak to Social Services, you can contact Camden Borough Council:

020 7974 3317

020 7974 4444 (Out of hours)

If you have a concern about the welfare of an adult and would like to speak to Social Services, you can contact Camden Borough Council:

Mental Health Support Network

The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time. You can search for local mental health support services using the Hub for Hope search form.

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