Safeguarding

We believe that under God we have a responsibility to make the church the safest place it can be for children, young people and adults and to safeguard everyone entrusted to our care.

The Buxted and Hadlow Down Parochial Church Council (PCC) is committed to safeguarding children and adults, ensuring that workers and volunteers are selected with care, supported and trained. The parish is registered with Thirtyoneeight (formerly the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service) for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, and we follow Church of England guidelines for safer recruitment.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Katharine Arratoon.

She can be contacted on 01825 732464 or at safeguarding@bhdchurches.co.uk

We take safeguarding very seriously in the parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down. Find out more about our policy, procedures and practices below.

  • If you are a child and you need to talk to someone about things that are happening to you that you don’t like, please click on this link which takes you the Childline website, or telephone Childline on 0800 1111
    https://www.childline.org.uk/
  • If you are concerned that you or someone else is being neglected or exploited:           

If there is an immediate danger, call the police on 999.

Otherwise, report your concern to East Sussex County Council by clicking on this link, click on the option on the left that most describes the situation you are concerned about, and follow the advice and further links you find there. Please remember to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as well once you have contacted the statutory authorities.
https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/whatdoidoif/

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Katharine Arratoon – 01825 732464 or safeguarding@bhdchurches.co.uk

She will be happy to discuss with you our church policy and procedures for safeguarding children, young people or adults who may be at risk.

All those who volunteer to work with children, young people or adults at risk are required to complete Safeguarding Training at least every three years. The Church of England online training courses can be found at https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org

If you would like information about training or applying for or renewing a DBS check, please speak to the Rector or Parish Safeguarding Officer.

The PCC reviews policies, policy statements and implementation procedures annually. These can be read or downloaded below.

Diocese of Chichester Safeguarding website - information about training, advice on what to do in various safeguarding situations and to access to the 'Simple Quality Protects' tool.

https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org

Church of England Safeguarding website:   https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding

Thirtyone:eight (formerly the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service)    https://thirtyoneeight.org

Thirtyone:eight helpline: 0303 003 11 11

Childline: https://www.childline.org.uk             Childline helpline: 0800 1111

National Domestic Violence 24 hour helpline:   http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk
Tel: 0808 2000 247

Samaritans: 116 123

Carers Direct National Helpline: 0300 123 1053

Responding to Safeguarding Allegations

Buxted and Hadlow Down Parish church, benefice recognise that in all matters that involve allegations that someone has, or may have, caused harm to another person, whether child or adult, the welfare of the alleged victim is paramount and is our primary concern. No other consideration, however legitimate or important, can outweigh this primary responsibility. (click the title for full text)

E- Safety Policy

This policy should be read alongside the Parish of Buxted & Hadlow Down’s policies on Safeguarding, Whistleblowing, Anti-Bullying, and Reporting Concerns about a Child. (click the title for full text)