Parish Safeguarding Policy

We take the safeguarding of Children and Adults seriously here at St. Mary & St Helen Parish of Neston
If you or someone you are concerned about is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999

We subscribe to national policies of the Church of England with regards to safeguarding Adults and Children and are committed to the following:
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.
Further information can be found on the Diocese of Chester website


Or in a Church of England document entitled 'Promoting a safer church' located at https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2017-12/PromotingSaferChurchWeb.pdf      

LATEST UPDATE Tuesday 20th October 2020

Following on from IICSA last week and its overarching investigation report into the Church of England now is a timely reminder that it is House of Bishops' policy for all parish websites to display safeguarding information. Please update your parish website if you do not carry a safeguarding statement. Here is a suggested paragraph: "We take our duty and obligation to safeguard and protect all people extremely seriously, and we have adopted the national Church of England's robust safeguarding procedures and guidelines. If you or anyone you are in contact with would like to talk with someone independently, please call the Safe Spaces helpline on 0300 303 1056 or email safespaces@victimsupport.org.uk. Alternatively, you may contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer Liz Ledsham: 0151 336 4781 or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser in the Diocese of Chester, via email or phone: 07703 800031.   Relevant web link at Chester Diocese https://www.chester.anglican.org/PCR2

If you have any concerns in our Parish please contact our trained safeguarding officer:- 

Liz Ledsham: Parish Safeguarding Officer 0151 336 4781 Email: briardtouslefell@yahoo.co.uk  
   Assisted by Michael Maden: 0151 336 8586
The vicar, Reverend Alan Dawson 

0151 353 1000. a.dawson67@outlook.com


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