What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is about more than the child and adult protection systems. It is about preventing harm to children and adults wherever possible- sometimes this results in needing to use the child and adult protection systems to address concerns, make someone safer and bring an offender to justice.

Our Aims

Children, young people and adults are part of the learning, worshipping, caring and changing community of St Matthew’s.

We are committed to:

  • The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all adults and children.
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable
  • The establishment of safe, caring communities that provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.

(Protecting All God’s Children 2010)

Useful Contacts

Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) Julia Wright
Nominated Person for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Val Jeal
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA)
0117 9060132
The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) 0845 120 4550
For any urgent out of hours concerns. CCPAS staff will advise on whether an issue should be reported to a Local Authority, Police or other agency and on immediate management of any concern.
First Response (Children’s Social Care) Telephone 0117 903 6444
If a child is at risk of harm.
Care Direct (Adult’s Social Care) Telephone 0117 922 2700
8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday (answerphone outside office hours).
If an adult is at risk of harm.
Police 101 or in an emergency 999
NSPCC 24 hour Helpline: 0800 800 5000 (free from a landline)
Asian Languages Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (free from a landline)
Text helpline: 88858 (service is free and anonymous)

Advice & Support for Children and Young People—Safeguarding for children from Bristol Safeguarding Children Board

PDF Documents

Safeguarding Disclosure Form

Guidance for volunteers booklet 2016

Safeguarding Training

St Matthew’s Safeguarding Policy 2016