Safeguarding at St Thomas'
My name is Mary-Jayne Carter and I’m the Safeguarding Children Adviser.
My job is to try and make sure children and young people are safe within the life of St Thomas Church.
If you’re worried about anything, please come and see me, or you can contact me on 07736315374 or by email
You can also ring Childline on 0800 1111 or ParentPlus on 07799 602858
My name is Angela Letchford and I am the Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Adviser. My job is to try and make sure vulnerable adults are safe within the life of St Thomas church.
If you're worried about anything, please come and see me, or you can contact me by my email or email the Church Office or phone the church office via Contact Us
If you have immediate concerns call the Police (either as an emergency 999 or non emergency 101), or you can ring Adult Care Services on 08450530009.
Here is a handy list of who's who at St Thomas' in case you might prefer to contact them with any questions or concerns.
If you would prefer to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding team please follow one of these links
Diocesan Safeguarding Team
Reporting a safeguarding concern
At St Thomas' we have adopted The House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy
The Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance
The Church of England Safer Environment and Activities
The Church of England Code of Safer Working Practise which sets out what is expected from volunteers and paid staff.
All 3 of which maybe downloaded from this page of the Church of England web site Policy and practice Guidance
, under the heading Practice Guidance.
Alongside this we have a handbook of local practices, St Thomas' Local Safeguarding Practices.
St Thomas' has adopted the 'Church of England's National Policy Statement on the Recruitment of ex-Offenders'
And we have formally adopted the 'Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church'.
We display the 'Promoting a Safer Church' poster prominently within our church, which may be downloaded here.
The training is also combined, has been standardised nationally and will be delivered by staff and volunteers from the diocese, or online or by our Safeguarding Advisor.
Everyone who works/volunteers with children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable needs to complete the Basic Awareness (used to be C0) course and the Foundation Level (used to C1) training courses. Both are interactive online courses, are completely free and each takes up to one hour to complete. All you need is access to the internet and an email address. The link for this is: safeguardingtraining.cofeportal if you do not have access to the internet we can provide a computer in the church office to assist.
Please contact the church office or Mary-Jayne.Carter if you need further information. Please also provide the church office with a copy of your certificate once completed for our records.
Volunteering at St Thomas' with Under 18s
Everyone working, whether in a paid or voluntary position, with children or young people must have a current Enhanced Disclosure with Barred List check for children; have completed a St Thomas' Self Declaration Form; the St Thomas Reference Request form; have completed Basic Awareness and Foundation Level training; be aware of the current Safeguarding Policy which is outlined above' and have had a meeting with one of the Children's and Families Pastors.
Volunteering at St Thomas' with Adults
Everyone volunteering at St Thomas' to help on any team that serves adults must complete the Volunteer Application Form; have complete Basic Awareness training; receive a Role Description for each role they have and be aware of the current Safeguarding Policy which is outlined above.
Some volunteers, dependant on the role, will need references and to complete Foundation Level training. These volunteers will need to complete a Reference Request Form.
Some volunteers, dependant on the role, will need a current DBS certificate, and to complete a St Thomas' Self Declaration Form. Ask in the Office for any help or explanation.
We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and that not everyone may want to contact the Parish or Safeguarding Team.
Below is a list of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).