Everyone at St Mary’s has a duty of care to protect others from harm and accidents. St Mary's Church as a place of worship is committed to the protection of children and vulnerable adults, and ensuring the well-being of all who attend Church activities.

Safeguarding Officer: Caroline Owen contact

The Church takes the safety of everyone very seriously and expects that all will work within the church’s safeguarding policy.  In particular the church expects anyone who becomes aware of a safeguarding risk, or of actual abuse, to raise this immediately.

The PCC follows the Bristol Diocesan Policy, committed to ensuring that everyone working with children, young people and vulnerable adults:

•Has been safely recruited
•Is adequately trained and supervised
•Understands and follows St Mary’s Church Safeguarding Policy

Download a copy of our Safeguarding Policy Adults and Children 2021
Download a copy of Appendix 1, Categories of Abuse
Download a copy of the Safeguarding Concerns and Disclosures Form

St Mary’s Church recognises its responsibilities for the safeguarding of all children, young people under the age of 18yrs, and vulnerable adults regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability, as set out in current Legislation, and to nurture, protect and safeguard all children and young people taking part in church activities.
We as a church have a duty to protect the children entrusted to our care and all of the volunteers and staff working in our groups are checked by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) and are offered regular training in Safeguarding.
St Mary’s Childrens Safeguarding Officer
The designated person for the Safeguarding of Children is Caroline Owen who, with the Vicar or Diocesen Safeguarding Officer, will advise and take appropriate action where necessary.

Concerns can also be made direct to Adam Bond the Diocese of Bristol safeguarding officer via the Diocese of Bristol website or his mobile 07512 145 236.
Children and young people under 18yrs
DBS Safeguarding clearance is provided at differing levels for different groups of people. In co-operation with the Diocese, each of the church’s ministries has been considered as to which level is required.

All those working with under 18 yr olds will require some level of DBS clearance, whether assisting with leading Sunday morning Children’s Groups, Bright Sparks, Youth groups etc.

Short-term volunteers such as those helping at one off events will also require safe recruitment, so if you intend on helping, don’t leave it until the last minute to volunteer!
Vulnerable Adults
The law is more complicated when it comes to Vulnerable Adults which includes all Pastoral Care and some other Church activities.
Our Safeguarding Officer for Vulnerable Adults is Caroline Owen.

If you are in any doubt about your situation contact Caroline at church, via the Church Office on 0117 9687449, or see her direct contact details in the Church directory.


Further information

Diocese of Bristol safeguarding page 
Church of England Promoting a Safer Church