Are you a survivor or victim of church related abuse? Could you help the Diocese of Guildford to learn from the past and protect the future?
The Diocese of Guildford is currently reviewing all its records, across all 162 parishes, to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and allegations have been identified, reported, and appropriately actioned. Critical to this, is the voice of survivors and victims. The Diocese of Guildford wants to listen to and to learn from your experiences and ensure that your voices are heard throughout this review process.
Anybody who would like to give information or make disclosures about church-related abuse is asked to contact Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Jackie Broadfoot (firstname.lastname@example.org 07918 559387).
Support is available
The Diocese recognises that coming forward may be extremely difficult and dedicated support has been set up for you. Two confidential listening services have been set up, for those people who have experienced church related abuse but who might want to talk through their experiences and feelings before taking any next step. To find out more about the support available click here.
Building the safest community we can
Bishop Andrew, Diocesan Bishop for the Diocese of Guildford explains why we are doing this: “It is important we do everything we can to make our churches the safest places they can be. Safe means different things to different people but this review will help us to ensure that the concerns reported to our churches have been dealt with properly, and the care taken and the support given is of the high quality that people rightly deserve. We have learnt from a previous review that that survivors and victims’ voices are critical, and I would urge you to come forward.”
Code of Safer Working Practice
Our Code of Safer Working Practice expresses our commitment to demonstrating God’s love by placing the highest priority on the safety of those to whom we minister. It sets out what we expect from anyone who ministers in our church, in both paid or voluntary roles, and is one of the ways we ensure high standards of safeguarding in all we do. All members of staff and volunteers are expected to report any breaches of this code to the Parish Safeguarding Officer (details below). Please follow the links to find the following essential safeguarding documents:
- PROMOTING A SAFER CHURCH
- CODE OF SAFER WORKING PRACTICE
- SAFER ENVIRONMENT AND ACTIVITIES COMPANION
- SAFEGUARDING TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT GUIDE
Further information can be found on the Church of England Safeguarding website.
Reporting & responding to abuse or inappropriate behaviour to you or others.
If you have any concerns, whether they be for yourself or someone else, whether or not something has actually occurred or you are aware of that something may be wrong but you do not know enough to be sure you should report this. We ask you to report this to our parish "Safeguarding Officer", but if they are not available or for some reason you do not want to contact them, then you may contact the Vicar or the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. See below for how to contact them. If you or someone else is in immediate danger then phone 999.
Never do nothing.
Should you have a concern over any safeguarding issue then please contact.
For further information contact:
St. Anne's Church as part of the Anglican Diocese of Guildford is
committed to the support of those who have suffered or are still
suffering physical, mental, sexual or spiritual abuse.
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Our Safeguarding Policy
St Anne's Church has adopted the policies and procedures recommended nationally by the Church of England.
Other helpful contacts
Childline 0800 1111
Your Sanctuary 01483 776822
Surrey County Council
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
0300 470 9100
NSPCC – 0808 800 5000
Stop it Now – 0808 1000 900
NAPAC – 0808 801 0331
Samaritans – 116 123
Family Lives – 0808 800 2222
National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
Action on Elder Abuse – 0808 808 8141