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Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. National guidelines state that all organisations that work with children, young people and vulnerable adults share a commitment to safeguard and promote their welfare.


Everyone in the church community has a responsibility to ensure there is a welcome for all people and a responsibility for the safety, well being and protection of others.  

  • We follow safer recruitment procedure to carefully select and train all those within the church who lead or care pastorally for children, young people and vulnerable adults, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes.

  • We will respond to every complaint made which suggests that a child, young person or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, co-operating with the Police and local authority in any investigation.

  • We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.​

  • 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 or



  • If you need to report a safeguarding concern to the statutory authorities in Sussex, please click 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.

Below you will find link to our Parish Safeguarding Officer and our policies.  If you have any concerns, please share them with the clergy or Parish Safeguarding Officer


Sarah Nichol

Safeguarding Officer

St Mary's. Aldingbourne

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John Hayes

Safeguarding Officer

St Mary's, Barnham

07712 531218


Peter Higgins

Lead Safeguarding Officer

St George's, Eastergate

01243 553901

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