Safeguarding at St Marys

Safeguarding at St. Mary’s Church

We understand safeguarding to be an integral part of the life and ministry of our Church. The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults visiting and participating in Church activities is important to us, everyone who participates in the life of the church has a role to play in promoting a safer church for all.

In order to do this:

St. Mary’s Church has adopted and implements the House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policies:

Promoting a Safer Church safeguarding policy statements for children young people and vulnerable adults:


We are waiting for the House of Bishops to publish the new Parish Safeguarding Handbook to update our guidelines of safe practice.

Further Church of England Safeguarding policies and guidance can be found at:

St. Mary’s Church is committed to following the current Church of England Safer Recruitment guidance for the appointment of staff and volunteers:

We ensure that those working with children and vulnerable adults have up to date DBS checks, if eligible, and will receive appropriate safeguarding training.

If you have any concerns about either yourself or another person that may be being harmed or is at risk of harm, please contact us straight away. If you are concerned about anybody working or volunteering within the church acting inappropriately we want to know.

If you have concerns about possible abuse (including allegations):

  • In an emergency, call emergency services 999.
  • If you have concerns always contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer who will inform the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and social services.
  • Keep a record of what happened, your concerns and your actions.

If a child, young person or adult wishes to disclose they have been abused:

  • Do not question or investigate.
  • Do not promise confidentiality; tell them you will need to share the information.
  • Assure them they are not to blame.
  • Tell them what you are going to do and that they will be told what happens.
  • Make careful notes of what is said, record dates, times, events.
  • Report it to the Parish Safeguarding Officer and the Rector.
  • Only tell those who need to know.

Please contact either of the Parish Safeguarding Officers:

Belinda Coghlan
Parish Safeguarding Officer

Tel: 01270 568945

Jo McCauley
Parish Safeguarding Officer
Vulnerable Adults

Tel: 01270 620745

The Diocesan Vulnerability and Safeguarding Adviser is Pauline Butterfield (PG Cert in Behavioural Forensic Psychology, BA (Honours), Dip Social Work)

Pauline is based at Church House, Daresbury – Telephone No. 01928  718834

Safeguarding training here


Here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a

24 hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:


Cheshire East

Children’s Services



Office hours


Out of hours



 0300 123 5012


 0300 123 5022


Cheshire East

Adult’s Services



Office hours


Out of hours



0300 123 5010


0300123 5022






Non urgent










24 hour helpline




Family Lives



Mon – Fri 9am – 9pm

Sat – Sun 10am – 3pm







24 hour helpline



free phone



National Domestic Violence




24 hour helpline



free phone



Action on Elder Abuse




Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm



free phone





24 hour helpline




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