Date of adoption: 18/06/2023

Safeguarding Contact

Name: Safeguarding Officer – Vanessa Ilsley


In accordance with the Diocese in Europe’s Safeguarding Policy our Chaplain is committed to:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Church
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

The Chaplaincy will:

  • Endeavour to create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named, local Safeguarding Officer to work with the incumbent and the Chaplaincy Council to implement policy and procedures.
  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and vulnerable adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
  • Where possible to ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and vulnerable adults undertaken in the name of the Chaplaincy.
  • Display in church premises and on the Chaplaincy website the details of who to contact if there are any safeguarding concerns or support needs.
  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  • Take steps to protect children and vulnerable adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops’ guidance including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) and local child and/or adult social services immediately.
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, where or when it occurred.
  • Care for an monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children or vulnerable adults, whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, procedures and practices at least annually.