Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from our creation in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this as fulfilled by God's re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as having the Holy Spirit within them and therefore to protect them from harm.
We are committed to:
To this end:
We follow the policies adopted by the Church of England and Diocese of Chester. These are detailied in the Safeguarding Handbook you can see below.
Should you have any concerns, please contact in the first instance Mrs Joanna Johnson who is responsible for all aspects of Safeguarding in the parish (safeguarding [at] sandbachchurch [dot] co [dot] uk or 07725989374) or the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer, Pauline Butterfield, (pauline [dot] butterfield [at] chester [dot] anglican [dot] org or 01928-718834 Ext 221.
All parishes are required to participate in a Past Cases Review, commissioned by the Church of England. PCR2, as it is known nationally, is part of the Church's ongoing scrutiny of its handling of past and current safeguarding cases. An Independent Reviewer will be looking at files relating to church officers in this parish, both lay and ordained, past and present.
Individuals who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process, or who need to come forward with information or make any disclosures, are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. However, recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the Church, a dedicated telephone helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the Church, by the NSPCC, has been set up.