The Parish of Popley with Limes Park and Rooksdown
Safeguarding Policy Statement
The following policy statement was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 1st May 2019
This parochial church council has adopted the Church of England Safeguarding Policies and Practice Guidance.
In particular 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: 

  • 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 when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Manager (DSM) and/or statutory agencies immediately.
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  • Following advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Manager, support and manage the safe involvement of 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.
  • Ensure that 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 church community will agree to abide by this policy; the Church of England safeguarding policies and practice guidance; and the procedures/guidelines established by this church.
This church appoints
Amanda Lewington as the Parish Safeguarding Officer
Churchwardens  Marion Davies, Kelvin Lewington
Date  1st May 2019
All Hall and Meeting Room Hire is subject to compliance with the St. Gabriel’s Safeguarding Provision
If you have any Safeguarding concerns
*Immediate Risk* If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult may be at immediate risk, contact the Police on 999
Contact Us
Church Office 01256 463024
To contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Office
*Registering a Concern* 01962 737317
Hampshire County Council Safeguarding Children/Adults and Out of Hours
0300 555 1373
If you need immediate advice or help on Monday to Friday 6pm – 8am or on weekend and Bank Holidays
For more information regarding safeguarding in the Winchester Diocese please visit
Useful Telephone Numbers
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Childline: 0800 1111
Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900
NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
Samaritans: 116 123
Family Lives: 0808 800 2222
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Action On Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141