Taking Safeguarding Seriously

Safeguarding is a serious focus for us, because keeping people safe is important.

We work hard so that everyone is safe.

We turn words into action, since we want to provide a safe space for everyone.

Our Policy and practice

The PCC review and agree our safeguarding policy each year. To help you, you can read that policy here: Safeguarding Policy 2018

Therefore, those who work with children and vulnerable adults:

  • must have a valid DBS check where they undertake ‘regulated activities’
  • they sign a self-disclosure statement because all our volunteers do
  • provide references, thus we can check they are who they say they are
  • have training so that everyone follows best practice.

Our safeguarding team carry out the checks and oversee our policy. We follow up any concerns so that we are as safe as we can be.

Dot Hemingway is our lead safeguarding officer. You can contact Dot through the parish office. Janet Thomas, Justin Brett and Nicky Whittaker help Dot with this work.

Janet looks after work with baptism families and baptism visitors. Justin has a ‘focus’ for the choir and for music. Nicky has a ‘focus’ for our children’s work. Fr Gary heads the safeguarding team meetings. Fr Gary’s particular ‘focus’ is for the servers, staff and clergy.

If you have a question or concern

We want this work to be great. So Dot can deal with any concerns and point you to the right person.

You can also contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. Narinda Lyon can be contacted on 0113 3530 256 or 07872 005309 or narinder.lyon@leeds.anglican.org. Narinda can help if you want to talk to someone who doesn’t work or worship here – or because you have a concern about one of the clergy. More help can be found on the diocesan page.

If your concern is very serious you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor or the police directly. You should always Dial 999 if you believe a child or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger.

We deeply regret that the Church has not taken safeguarding as seriously as it should. Our task is to be vigilant. We re-appraise our policy and protocols regularly to create the safest possible environment for everyone who engages with St Wilfrid Harrogate.