Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement

St James the Great, Lower Clapton



St James the Great, Lower Clapton, takes its safeguarding responsibility seriously and has formally adopted the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ safeguarding policy statement’.  This was agreed by the PCC and signed on their behalf on 28 July 2019.




Signed on behalf of the PCC


...Revd Preb Rosemia Brown............................................


(The Revd Preb Rosemia Brown, Vicar)



Contact details of our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Children’s Champion and Churchwardens

Parish Safeguarding Officer:  Barbara Scott Wollaston   07949 644861  

Children’s Champion:  Tulip Charles   020 8985 1750

Churchwarden:  Claudette Reddock   07438 340054

Churchwarden:  Elizabeth Goodwin   07504 403315 / 07588 877969


Who to contact about child and adult safeguarding issues 


Parish Safeguarding Officer:  Barbara Scott Wollaston   07949 644861  

Diocese of London Safeguarding Adviser

020 7932 1224


0800 1111

Family Lives (previously Parentline)

0808 800 222


Helpline for adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000

Thirtyone:eight (previously Churches Child Protection and Advisory Service)

0303 003 1111

Action on Elder Abuse

080 8808 8141




The Safeguarding Policy of the Parish of St James the Great, Lower Clapton


We undertake to:

·       promote a safer environment and culture

·       safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility related to children, young people 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

·       respond to those that may pose a present risk to others


The Parish will:

·       create a safe and caring place for all

·       have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the Incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures

·       safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse

·       ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish

·       display on church premises and on the parish website the details of whom to contact with safeguarding concerns or support needs

·       listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse

·       take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops’ guidance, including immediately notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies

·       offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred

·       care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties

·       ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually

·       review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practice at least annually.

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.


This church has appointed Barbara Scott Wollaston as the Parish Safeguarding Officer

Incumbent:  The Revd Preb Rosemia Brown

Churchwardens:  Claudette Reddock and Elizabeth Goodwin


Date:  28 July 2019