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The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the church.

Safeguarding - we're here to help

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of The Parish of Four Saints takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those who are at risk of being abused and respond well to those who have been abused.

This Safeguarding Statement applies to all who make up the church ‘workforce’ which includes all clergy, holders of Bishop’s licence or permission, those commissioned or authorised by the Bishop, those, paid or unpaid, who hold positions of responsibility in a parish and work with children or vulnerable adults, and those with representational parish ministry, for example; churchwarden, organist, server & choir members. All our staff and volunteers undergo DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service) and safeguarding training offered by the Diocese of Winchester. The Parish's Safeguarding Policy Statement can be read by clicking HERE.


We strive to protect all in our care and take all concerns very seriously. If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed or is at risk of harm, please do not hesitate to contact the Church or Diocesan Safeguarding personnel for advice and support.

If you wish to report an allegation of abuse from the past, or in the present, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your information will be treated appropriately.

Safeguarding Contacts

Contact our Safeguarding Lead:

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Jill Crewe contactable via email or you can contact the Rector, Michael Smith via email: or 07799 730362.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

If our Safeguarding Officer is unavailable, or you would prefer to speak to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor Team you can reach them on 01962 737317 or They will ensure your call is returned as soon as possible. You can always call the police on 101 or Childline on 0800 1111

If you have concerns about safeguarding or want to know any more information about our safeguarding policy or practices, please contact the church office.

National Helplines

Childline: 0800 1111
NSPCC: 0808 500 8000
Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247
MACSAS (Ministers and clergy sexual abuse survivors):
Mencap Learning Disability Helpline: 0808 808 1111
VOICE UK (For people with learning disabilities who have experienced crime or abuse): 0808 802 8686
StopItNow! (For anyone who may need help preventing abuse, even in themselves): 0808 100 0900
Women’s Aid (Seeking to end domestic violence against women and girls):
Samaritans: 08457 909090

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