We place a high priority on keeping those in our care, whether children, young people or vulnerable adults safe.

Read our Parish Safeguarding Guidlines
St John's Safeguarding Officer

Honor Rhodes

The Parish Safeguarding Officer is the key link between the diocese and the parish, concerning safeguarding matters. She will have an overview of all church activities involving children, young people, and vulnerable adults and will seek to ensure the implementation of safeguarding policy.

Please contact me if
You’re worried about the welfare of a child.
You’re worried about the welfare of a vulnerable adult.

Her role includes the following

Have an overview of all church activities involving children and vulnerable adults and keep a record of these activities.

Be familiar with diocesan safeguarding guidance and ensure that leaders of activities are fully aware of, and are implementing, this guidance.

Liaise with the incumbent over safeguarding issues.

Keep in touch with the leaders of all activities and offer them advice and support over safeguarding matters.

Liaise as necessary with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers. Report all concerns or allegations against church officers to the DSA.

Attend diocesan safeguarding training offered for PSOs.

Assist with safeguarding training in the parish as appropriate.

Attend a meeting of the church leadership (PCC) at least annually to ensure safeguarding issues are discussed and that the church leadership adopt the annual Church Safeguarding Policy.

Ensure that the Church Safeguarding Policy and contact details are displayed in all Church premises.

Keep good records of any safeguarding concerns that may arise, and ensure that others do the same.

Promote inclusiveness in places of worship and within church activities.

Keep the church leadership informed of good safeguarding practice.

Undertake a regular parish safeguarding self-assessment in the format offered by the Diocese.