What is your safeguarding policy?



At St Swithun’s we are committed to safeguarding in order to protect all who visit, worship or work in the parish

and all who use our facilities.

If you hire our church hall or any of our premises at St Swithun’s or St Barnabas’ you are required to observe

and comply with the current Chichester Diocese child protection policy.


Parish Child Protection Policy Statement


We recognise that our work with children and young people is the responsibility of the whole church community.

We are committed to implementing the House of Bishops’ Child Protection Policy ‘Protecting All God’s Children 2004’, and the Diocesan procedures, “The Care and Protection of Children, 2009” which are     based on the Children Act 1989, and Government guidance, “Working together to Safeguard Children 2006”.

We will carefully select and train ordained and lay ministers; volunteers and paid workers with children     and young people using the Disclosure and Barring Service, amongst other tools, to check the         background of each person.

We will respond, without delay, to every complaint made that a child or young person, for whom we are responsible, may have been harmed.

We will co-operate fully with statutory agencies during any investigation concerning a member of the   church community.

We will seek to offer informed pastoral care to any child or children, young person or adult who has   suffered abuse.

We will care for and supervise any member of our church community known to have offended against           a child.

We will review this policy annually and as part of this process will ensure that all our procedures,

particularly in relation to the Disclosure and Barring Service, are up to date.



Copies are displayed in all our buildings and a copy of the main policy is available here: http://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/documents/policy/2009-diocesan-children-and-young-people-safeguarding-policy-policy/


The full policy, procedures, contents, forms, appendices etc. is held on the diocesan website as a series of documents and these can be found here: http://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/documents/ These pages also include a wealth of other useful documents including the policy for protection of vulnerable adults.


The Church of England House of Bishops’ policy, “Protecting All God’s Children” can be seen here: http://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/documents/policy/protecting-all-gods-children/


If you have any concerns or questions please contact our parish Safeguarding Officer:

Anne Ivorson 01342 316451 or anne.ivorson@gmail.com


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