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We take our responsibility for the safeguarding, care and protection of adults and young people very seriously. We want everyone who comes through our doors at all times to feel safe and secure as they gather to worship God and enjoy community encounter.

You can read our safeguarding policy below as well as find contact details for relevant personnel.

Jane Harwood




Julian Hodgson


01636 817 200

Church safeguarding officer:   




Diocesan safeguarding co-ordinator:    

Click here to view our  Policy for Safeguarding Adults

Click here to view our  Policy for Safeguarding Children & Young People


We are committed to:


  • The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults.

  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable

  • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.

  • Within our church community, to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable people.

To realise this:


  • We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibilities within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of the Disclosure and Barring Service.

  • We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation.

  • We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.

  • We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

  • We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult. 

  • In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.

Church of England

PCR 2 Review:

‘The Church of England is undertaking a second review of files held in all dioceses and parishes to ensure that churches and church related activities are as safe as possible for children and vulnerable adults.


Known as the Past Cases Review 2, it aims to identify both good practice and institutional failings in the way that allegations of abuse have been handled in the past. It will also provide recommendations on how practice and processes can be improved.


Individuals who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process, or who need to come forward with information, or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse, are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) on  01636 817200 or email safeguarding@southwell.anglican.org


However, recognising that for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church may not feel comfortable, a dedicated telephone helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, has been set up. Anyone can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England; whether they are reporting issues relating to children, adults or seeking to whistle blow about poor safeguarding practice.'