Safeguarding at Church

Holy Trinity Coleman’s Hatch and St. Mary the Virgin Hartfield PCC Safeguarding Annual Report April 2019

We continue to carry out DBS checks as and when necessary, all checks completed have been returned as clear. We also continue to use the information sharing systems in place to raise concerns and monitor and support vulnerable persons that have been identified within our church community.

SQP : Simple Quality Protects

Much has been actioned since the last annual report to ensure that both churches meet the requirements for Level 1. The online self assessment tool has now been updated and submitted to the diocesan, once approved we will be ready to move towards achieving Level 2.

Safeguarding Induction Booklets are now in place for all the various groups that we operate and these have been circulated around all of our volunteers who have read and signed the relevant booklets and are aware of their roles and responsibilities with regard to safeguarding.

We now need to ensure that we all continue to ensure that safeguarding is in the forefront of our minds in all that we do and use the good practice systems in place. We have identified a number of actions points during this self assessment process and should continue to work towards completing these. READ THE FULL REPORT

Behaviour Code of Practice for Volunteers

Whistleblowing Policy

Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding Policy

Responding to Allegations

Our Religious Community designated safeguarding person is: Andrea McGlew

Phone: 01342 850992/07792069729

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 –

* 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.

* If you need to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, please click on this link.

* 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.