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Safeguarding is our responsibility

Safeguarding is a priority here at the United Benefice of St. Mary's, Higham Ferrers, and and St. John's, Chelveston.


We are committed to following government and Church of England guidelines on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and good working practice, including safer recruitment of volunteers and paid workers.


We work to a formal safeguarding policy and procedure.

Benefice Safeguarding contacts

If you have any concerns regarding the safety or welfare of a child or vulnerable adult you can speak to or contact: ​


Benefice Safeguarding Officer ─ Brenda Elldred 07816 771702

Mother Louise Bishop --- Vicar

Diocesan Safeguarding; preferably contact the safeguarding team at or 

  •  Christine Lamb T 01733 887041

  •   Angie Barber  T 01733 887039



  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 0808 808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)                                                                                                            Age UK Advice Line: 0800 678 1602                                                                         Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything                                       LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428             Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327                     MIND mental health charity: 0300 123 3393                                                           National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.                                         National Rape Crisis Helpline: 0808 802 9999 and is open every day from 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm                                                                                             NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.                                                       Safer Spaces for survivors of church-related abuse: 0300 303 1056             Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.                                                   The Survivors Trust: 0808 801 0818 and is open Monday to Wednesday 10-7.30pm, Thursday 10-6pm and Friday 10-2pm

Preventing Scams

Protect yourself from scams.

See the advice available here.​

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