Safeguarding: being a safe church
We want acnbchurch to be a safe place for everyone. Safeguarding is very important to us. Church should be a place of sanctuary, not threat.
This page summarises the rules we follow on safeguarding, how we can help you, and things that you can do.
Our buildings are also used by other groups. They will have their own safeguarding rules to follow. If you in any doubt about who to talk to, you can always talk to us and we will work out how best to deal with any situation.
Getting help or raising a concern
There are four different ways to contact people who can help.
Emergencies: Ring 999
If there is an urgent, serious problem or you are concerned that someone (at church or anywhere) is at serious risk, then you should ask for help from the emergency services.
Let someone in our church know about a concern or problem
If it is less urgent you can ring this number to talk to our benefice safeguarding officer: 07935 023 800.
Let someone in the regional church team know about a concern or problem
If you don’t want to talk to us, you can talk to the safeguarding team at the regional church (the Diocese of Winchester, of which we are a part). They are on 01962 737317 in the day; or 0300 555 1373 any time of day or night.
Other ways to get help and advice
If you don’t want to talk to anyone connected to the church at all then there are lots of organisations outside the church who can help e.g. Childline (0800 11 11) and NSPCC (0808 800 5000) are both available all day and night.
How we address safeguarding
We have a duty of care to every child or vulnerable adult who comes into contact with @acnbchurch. This includes taking the necessary steps to safeguard them and promote their welfare. Abuse takes many forms and can occur anywhere and affect anyone.
If you have concerns please follow the advice in the Getting help or advice section of this page.
Making @acnbchurch a place which is safe for all, especially children and vulnerable adults, is part of our concern for respecting human dignity and caring for the oppressed and marginalised.
We follow the guidance and rules that apply to us as part of the Church of England, specifically:
- The Parish safeguarding handbook, which sets out our safeguarding responsibilities
- The Safeguarding aide memoir from the Diocese of Winchester
- The Diocese of Winchester has a dedicated web section on Safeguarding
- Church of England also has a National Safeguarding Team
All staff and volunteers who have contact with vulnerable adults or children are subject to a criminal record check run by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
@acnbchurch take any expressions of concern about safeguarding seriously. Any disclosure, allegation or concern will be referred to the Diocesan Safeguarding team.