Safeguarding Statement and Policy
“The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the church”
– House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults.
We aim: to make our Christian community here at St Stephen’s, a place where all people feel welcome, respected and safe from abuse of all kinds when on our church premises and involved in church organised activities.
We are committed to:
• Promoting a safer environment and culture especially for children and any adult who is vulnerable
• Recruiting safely and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults
• Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
• Caring pastorally for victims and survivors of abuse and other affected persons
• Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegation of abuse and anyone else affected
• Responding to those that may pose a present risk
St Stephen’s has adopted the Church of England model parish safeguarding policy.
A copy is posted on the notice board in the church narthex. This policy is part of the broader Church of England safeguarding policies, statements, guidance directives.
If you are concerned that someone is at risk of abuse or is being abused or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from either of the parish safeguarding officers, the vicar or the diocesan safeguarding adviser or social services or the police without delay.
All matters are dealt with in strictest confidence and in accordance with safeguarding legislation
If you feel someone is at risk of immediate danger or harm then telephone the police on 999.
St Stephen’s Parish Safeguarding Officers
Audrey McLennan and Katie Billinghurst
Contact via the Parish Office telephone. 01253 353894
Audrey McLennan mobile: 07512 220192
Diocese of Blackburn Safeguarding Officer
Blackpool social services
Blackpool duty and assessment team: 01253 477299
Blackpool adult social care: 01253 477952
Blackpool Council out of hours emergency number:01253 477600
NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
Childline - 0800 1111
Stop It Now (help with adult internet behaviour) - 0808 1000 900
NAPAC (supporting survivors of childhood abuse) - 0808 801 0331
Samaritans -116 123
Family Lives - 0808 800 2222
National Domestic Violence - 0808 2000 247
Action on Elder Abuse - 080 8808 8141