Safeguarding at St Thomas'

Safeguarding Advisors  

My name is Mary-Jayne Carter and I’m the Safeguarding Children Adviser.
My job is to try and make sure children and young people are safe within the life of St Thomas Church.
If you’re worried about anything, please come and see me, or you can contact me on 07736315374 or 
by email
You can also ring Childline on 0800 1111 or ParentPlus on 07799 602858

AngieMy name is Angela Letchford and I am the Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Adviser. My job is to try and make sure vulnerable adults are safe within the life of St Thomas church.
If you're worried about anything, please come and see me, or you can contact me via the church office on 01524 590410 or or Church Office

If you have immediate concerns call the Police (either as an emergency 999 or non emergency 101), or you can ring Adult Care Services on 08450530009.



Safeguarding Policy

The Church of England has rolled out a new policy which combines children and adults safeguarding which will be adopted later this year and maybe downloaded here The Church of England Parish Safeguarding Handbook from the Church of England web site.

Alongside this we have a local practises, which will be  downloaded here later this year

Safeguarding Training

The training is also combined, has been standardized nationally and will be delivered by staff and volunteers from the diocese, or online or by our Safeguarding Advisor.
Everyone who works/volunteers with children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable needs to complete the C0 course and the C1 course. Both are interactive online courses, are completely free and each  takes up to one hour to complete. All you need is access to the internet and an email address. The link for this is: safeguardingtraining.cofeportalif you do not have access to the internet we can provide a computer in the church office to assist.

Please contact or if you need further information. Please also provide the church office with a copy of your certificate once completed for our records. 

Volunteering at St Thomas' with Under 18s

Everyone working, whether in a paid or voluntary position, with children or young people must have a current Enhanced Disclosure with Barred list check for children, have completed a St Thomas' Self Declaration Form, be aware of the current Children's Safeguarding Policy for St Thomas'and have had a meeting with one of the Children's and Families Pastors.


Volunteering at St Thomas' with Adults

Everyone volunteering at St Thomas' to help on team that serves adults must complete the Volunteer Application Form receive a Role Description for each role they have be aware of the current Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Policy for St Thomas'.

For some volunteers, dependant on the role a a Reference Request Form will also be required

A few volunteers will need a current DBS certificate for Adults, they must also complete a  Self Declaration Form  Ask in the Office for any help or explanation.