Safeguarding

“Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from their creation in God’s own image and likeness. Christians have a duty to value, understand and respect the rights of children and adults as people of faith in the life of the church.” Diocese of Bristol Safeguarding Policy, 2018

The Greater Corsham and Lacock Team of Churches commits to following the safeguarding policies of the Church of England, safeguarding policy and guidance as issued by the Diocese of Bristol and commits to working within legislation and statutory guidance as related to the Safeguarding of Children, Young People and Adults.

It is the responsibility of all church members to give paramount importance to the nurture and care of children, young people and vulnerable adults, in a safe and secure environment. It is about preventing harm to children and adults wherever possible.

Whether a child, young person or adult has shared a concern with you or you have seen or heard something of concern… If the situation is urgent i.e. there is an imminent risk of harm contact the police on 101 or 999 as appropriate or contact the Local Authority Children or Adults safeguarding Teams:

Wiltshire  Children’s Safeguarding  Team  

Wiltshire Council: Social Care Team Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Telephone number ‐ Monday to Friday 0300 456 0108   Out of Hours 0300 456 0100

Wiltshire Adult Safeguarding Team

Telephone number ‐ Monday to Friday 0300 456 0111    Out of Hours 0300 456 100 

Once you have sought advice from police or the Local Authority and the situation is made safe, inform the Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) as soon as possible of the concern and actions taken; provide a written record of this. If the concern is about the Parish Safeguarding Officer contact the Incumbent or Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

Contact details for the Parish Safeguarding Officers and individual Parish Policies can be found HERE

  • Our Team Safeguarding Officer (TSO) can be contacted on 07880 715551 or safeguarding@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk (available soon) or office@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk 
  • Our Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA)can be contacted on 0117 906 0100.
  • If advice is needed on a safeguarding issue and the PSO, TSO or DSA are not available, Thirty One:Eight[1] provide a helpline that can be contacted on 0303 003 11 11. Please state that you are calling from a Diocese of Bristol church and contact your PSO as soon as possible to report that you sought advice from Thirty One:Eight and action taken.

Useful links:

https://thirtyoneeight.org  (formerly CCPAS) 0303 003 11 11 
https://www.childline.org.uk/    08900 1111
https://www.nspcc.org.uk 0808 800 5000
https://www.bristol.anglican.org/safeguarding

[1] Formerly known as Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS)