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 Safeguarding@peterborough-diocese.org.uk 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 email@example.com Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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