Statement of safeguarding principles

We are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community.

The Church of England will:

  • Promote a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults within the Church
  • Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation 
  • Care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
  • Care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Respond to those that may pose a present risk to others

These policy commitments are based on our five foundations:

  • Gospel
  • Human rights and the law
  • Core principles
  • Good safeguarding practice
  • Learning from the past


At St Mary's all clergy and lay officers are DBS checked and have received recent safeguarding training. In addition all volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults are DBS checked in accordance with current guidelines and have received recent safeguarding training.

Our Safeguarding Officer can be contacted HERE

Church of England Safeguarding Team - safeguardingeo@churchofengland.org

Diocese of Chichester Safeguarding website HERE