The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults

 The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.  This document sets out the safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adult’s policy of the Church of England. It has been informed by the Joint Safeguarding Statement between the Church of England and the Methodist Church, with whom we work jointly on many aspects of safeguarding policy on a covenant basis. 

The Church of England safeguarding policy statement is based on 5 foundations and offers 6 overarching policy commitments:  Promoting a Safer environment and culture 

Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Church

Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation 

Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons 

Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons 

Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

This policy applies to all Church Bodies3 and Church Officers4. Full understanding of, and adherence to, this policy should lead to a deepening in the understanding of, and respect for, the rights of children, young people and vulnerable adults as people of faith in the life of the Church.

“Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are
kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you
have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

In the Parish: St Bartholomew's Lostwithiel :

Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Revd. Paul Beynon Tel contact 01208 872232

In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872

Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300

In emergency situation:

Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116

Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131

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