Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement

Safeguarding is important to us.

All our adult volunteers are DBS checked and required to do Safeguarding training. 

The Parochial Church Councils of the Parishes of Calehill with Westwell have adopted the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Church of England.


In particular we are committed to:

  • the safeguarding of all children, young people and vulnerable adults

  • carefully selecting and training paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, using the Disclosure and Barring Service amongst other tools, to check their suitability

  • responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed

  • cooperating fully with the police, local authority and any other appropriate statutory body in any investigation

  • ministering appropriately to anyone, child or adult, who has experienced abuse

  • extending pastoral care to those known to have offended against children or vulnerable adults whilst ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are protected from them.


Our safeguarding co-ordinators in the benefice are:





  • Shirley Solly: for details, please contact the Parish Office on  07395 910317.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors,

who can give expert and immediate support on any Safeguarding concern, are:

Fiona Coombs    07548 232395     E-mail:

Paul Brightwell   07398 009951    E-mail:

You can get immediate support from Childline on 0800 1111 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. If you believe someone is at immediate risk or danger, you should call the police on 999.

New Independent Safeguarding Chair

Canterbury Cathedral and the Diocese of Canterbury are pleased

to announce the appointment of Carol Iddon as the Diocese’s new

Independent Safeguarding Chair. Carol is a highly experienced

strategic leader responsible for delivering excellent Children’s Services

across the UK including children in need, looked after children

and child protection services. She has worked at Action for Children

for sixteen years, including the last four as Managing Director

for Children’s services. 

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