“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’  ‘Promoting a Safer Church Policy Statement’ Safeguarding Policy Statement’ as our Safeguarding Policy and this can be viewed and downloaded from sites/default/files/2017-11/cofe-policy-statement.pdf

If you have any safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact  our Parish/Benefice Safeguarding Officer, Philip Short on 01985 213224 or 07906 067155  email Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Heather Bland on 07500 664800 or email

Other useful contacts:

In an emergency call 999 If you are concerned that a child could be at risk of harm contact:
Wiltshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub for children 0300 456 0108     NSPCC  0808 800 5000

If you believe an adult is at risk of harm contact  0300 456 0111