At St Mary’s we take the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and are committed to ensuring a high standard of care.

Our commitment

We aim to promote a safe environment and culture at St Mary’s. This includes safely recruiting people, obtaining DBS clearance, and supporting and training all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults. We will respond promptly and competently to every safeguarding concern or allegation. We will care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected people; this includes responding appropriately to those who may pose a present risk to others. This is in line with the Church of England’s Promoting a Safer Church document.

Please refer to our Safeguarding Policy for more details.

How to report a safeguarding concern

If you have any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child, young person or vulnerable adult, please contact Kate Wheatley, our safeguarding officer:
Church office phone: 01628 638866

If someone is in immediate danger you should call the police by dialling 999 without delay.

Any concern about the wellbeing of a child, young person or vulnerable adult must be taken seriously and reported as soon as possible. A concern may be about something that you observe that doesn’t feel right, or you notice a sign that abuse may be taking place, or if an allegation or disclosure has been made to you.
All concerns will be investigated thoroughly, and action taken in line with St Mary’s safeguarding policies and procedures.

If you would prefer to speak to someone from the Diocese of Oxford, please contact:
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team:
Phone: 01865 208295