Safeguarding supports everything that we do.

Parish Statement of Safeguarding

This parish recognises that the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is paramount and that we have a duty of care when they are in our charge. We will do everything that we can to provide a safe and caring environment whilst they attend our activities.

We will:

  • Treat all children, young people and vulnerable adults and groups with respect and celebrate their achievements.

  • Recruit and select all those working with children, young people and vulnerable adults or groups on our behalf in accordance with Church of England Practice Guidance on promoting a Safer Church


  • Provide a code of conduct for all staff to include the assessment of risk for key roles when working with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

  • Respond to concerns and allegations without delay in accordance with Diocesan Safeguarding procedures.


When there is a disclosure of harm or there are concerns about the welfare of any children, young person or vulnerable adult, all adults in our church community are expected to share their concerns and allegations with our Parish Safeguarding Officer.

Information about where to get help with child and adult safeguarding issues are contained on the Promoting a Safer Church Poster and on the Diocesan website).


St Mary's Church’s safeguarding officer is Stephen Cole.

  • Do you have a question about something that you have seen/ heard/ feel about something? Come and have a chat with Stephen.

  • Stephen can offer support and guidance as part of the recruitment process for volunteer roles in the church (including DBS checks)

  • Are you concerned about someone or yourself? Stephen can direct and support you. 

      If you have a concern that you wish to report, please contact whichever of the following you feel is most appropriate:

  • Stephen Cole,  Parish Safeguarding Officer 07857 014346

  • Karen Galloway, St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor 07785 621319