Action to be taken in the event of a potential issue
The welfare of children or adults at risk of abuse is of paramount importance. Please be aware of our Safeguarding Policy and especially, the action you should take in the event of suspicion or evidence of abuse. We urge anyone wishing to give information or make disclosures of church-related abuse to immediately take the following action:
- If there is concern that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of harm, inform the Parish Safeguarding Officer or Incumbent who will take advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) or Local Authority Social Care. If the incumbent is implicated, inform the DSA.
- If there is concern that a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed, immediately inform the Parish Safeguarding Officer or Assistant or Incumbent or DSA and agree who will make the referral to Local Authority Social Care team. If no-one is available, contact the Local Authority Social Care Team or Police directly.
Rev Dawn Airey, Vicar, 01933 673437 firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Safeguarding Officer – Alex Benoy 01933 222002
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser – Beverly Huff, 01733 887027 email@example.com
Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser – Samantha Jackson, 01733 887027 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Diocese of Peterborough has also appointed an independent advocate to provide the lead for survivor care, support and engagement. If anyone wishes to contact her, please contact the DSA team as above. We recognise that this option may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the Church. A dedicated telephone helpline, operating independently from the Church, has therefore been set up for those affected by issues which may arise as a result of a past experience.
The number is 0800 80 20 20 – ‘Past Cases Review 2 NSPCC Helpline for Children and Adults’.
Stop it Now
0808 1000 900
0808 800 5000
0300 123 3393
Action on Elder Abuse
0845 120 5204
Through the Roof