Saint James

 Parish Safeguarding Policy


St. Peter’s Church, Bushey Heath

Diocese of St. Albans


St Peter’s Church - Vicar

Father Andrew Burton

Tel: 020 8950 1424



St Peter’s Church - Parish Safeguarding Officer

Mrs. Gill Tyler

Tel: 020 8950 7117      Mobile: 07979 937541 


Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser 

Mr. Jez Hirst 

Tel: 01727 818108   Mobile: 07867 305886 



Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Mr. Martyn Hedley

Tel: 01727 818106     Mobile: 07391 010033


Martyn works part time and his usual work days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Mandy Davies

Tel: 01727 818193        Mobile 07771 179015


Mandy works part time. Her usual work days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

















The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 16th October 2019.


In accordance with the Church of England House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church; safeguarding policy statement’our church is committed to: 

·       Promoting a safer environment and culture

·       Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.

·       Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.

·       Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.

·       Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.

·       Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.


The Parish will follow procedures set out in the Church of England’s ‘Parish Safeguarding Handbook’:  

·       Create a safe and caring place for all.

·       Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.

·       Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.

·       Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.

·       Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.

·       Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.

·       Take steps to protect children and adults, dealing promptly with any safeguarding concerns, allegations or suspicions of any kind of abuse, by following the House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.

·       Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred. 

·       The PCC is committed to (and the PSO is the point of contact for) those who have been victims and survivors of domestic abuse. 

·       Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties, ensuring that any ex-offenders with offences against children or vulnerable adults known to be in the church community are notified to the DSA, who will contribute to managing safeguarding agreements.

·       Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.

·       Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.


Each person who works within this community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.


This church appoints Mrs Gill Tyler as the Parish Safeguarding Officer. 



Incumbent                          Andrew Burton                            Churchwarden                        Anne Swerling      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        16th October 2019