“Safeguarding is at the heart of our Christian faith; ……. ‘Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture in all our churches”

(Archbishop Justin Welby, 2018)

Safeguarding is being aware of others and their needs.  This means challenging situations where needs are not being met, or where individuals of any age are being, or appear to be being, abused in any way.

Our Churches takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

Each Parochial Church Council have formally adopted the Church of England’s House of Bishops; Safeguarding Children, young people and vulnerable adults Policy ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ and the ‘Parish Safeguarding Handbook’ as it’s Safeguarding Policy and these can be viewed and downloaded from

Promoting a safer church 

Parish Safeguarding Handbook

The House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Guidance and Safeguarding Code of Practice is set out in an e-manual and this can be viewed and downloaded from

House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Guidance

If you have any safeguarding questions or concerns please contact our Parish/Benefice Safeguarding Officer, Philip Short on 01985 213224 or 07306 493587 email

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers Suzy Futcher (Monday-Thursday) 07500 664800 email or Jem Carter (Tuesday-Friday) 07469 857888 email

In an emergency, if there is immediate risk or danger, please call the Police on 999

Other Helplines:

Wiltshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub for children 0300 456 0108

Wiltshire Adult Social Care 0300 456 0111

NSPCC (for adults concerned about a child) 0808 800 5000

Family Lives (provides support and advice on family issues) 0808 800 2222

National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247

Childline 0800 1111

Stop It Now (helps prevent child sexual abuse) 0808 1000 900

Samaritans (for people struggling to cope or needing someone to talk to) 116 123

Action on Elder Abuse 080 8808 8141