Keeping Safe

As Christians, we believe that every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from being created and loved by God. We try to treat everyone in a way that reflects that belief, and that means doing everything we can to make sure that our church is a safe and happy place where everyone can explore and express their God-given identity without fear of harm.

So If You’re Worried…

If you know or believe a child or other vulnerable person to be at immediate risk of serious harm please call 999 right now.

If you have other concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child or vulnerable adult in connection with St Nicholas Church, please contact our Parish Safeguarding Adviser

Most of the time at church we are like a big happy family.  However, even in very happy families, people can have a bad day and even people we know and trust can upset us.  We want to help everyone have good days all of the time. We try to make sure that people who have jobs in the church always behave well and in a way that is helpful to you.  We never want anyone or anything in church to frighten you, confuse you or worry you. It is important that you tell us if something is upsetting you or if you are feeling worried about something that’s happening or something somebody is doing.  We have specially trained people who you can talk to and who you can ask for help.  These people are good at safeguarding.  This means they look after everyone’s safety.  Caring for people is a very important part of our Christian life.

The people who can help you are the parish priest or the parish safeguarding officer.  You can contact the safeguarding officer Mrs Joan Beresford or the parish priest The Rev’d Dr Hugh Jones.  If you wish to speak to someone outside the church you can contact the diocesan safeguarding team – their contact details are available here.  There is also information there about other places where you can get help or advice.

Contacts Who Can Help You

St Nicholas’ Church Safeguarding Officer

Mrs Joan Beresford

01522 520729

The Diocese of Lincoln Safeguarding Team

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

Debbie Johnson

01522 504081

Deputy Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

Penny Turner

01522 504080

Safeguarding Advocate

Gemma Marks-Good

01522 504079

Survivors UK

02035 983898

info@survivorsuk.org

www.survivorsuk.org