If you have a safeguarding concern
If you have a safeguarding concern you wish to report or talk about in confidence, please contact
Jan Way (Westcott Parish Safeguarding Officer) Mobile number 07710 608952
Jackie Broadfoot (Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor) email@example.com 07918 559387
Jackie has primary responsibility for case management and the interface between parishes and statutory agencies in the event of serious safeguarding concern. The DSA is your first point contact for safeguarding concerns during normal working hours, Monday to Thursday. To report an emergency safeguarding concern out of hours please telephone the police on 999 if there is an immediate risk of harm or 101 if there is not an immediate risk and follow up with Jackie on the next working day.
What is Safeguarding?
The Church in Westcott adheres to the Safeguarding Policy of the Guildford Diocese.
Safeguarding is promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and keeping them safe at all times. That means the measures taken by leaders and helpers to protect children and vulnerable adults.
For Safeguarding purposes:
A child or young person who has not reached their 18th birthday
A vulnerable adult is a person 18 or over who is or maybe in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness. Or maybe unable to take care of themselves or protect themselves from significant harm or exploitation.
The neglecting of a child by inflicting harm or failing to prevent harm.
This may be:
Physical Abuse – Emotional Abuse – Verbal Abuse – Sexual Abuse – or all of these.
Vulnerable Adult Abuse:
A violation of person’s Human and Civil Rights by another person or persons.
Consist of a single act or repeated acts.
Be Physical Abuse – Verbal Abuse – Psychological Abuse – Act of Neglect -Financial Abuse – Exploitation – or all of these.
What to do if you have any concerns about any child or vulnerable adult:
Only speak to Jan Way the Parish Safeguarding Officer, or Jackie Broadfoot, Diocesan Safeguarding Officer. They will advise you.
It is of utmost importance that all concerns are kept strictly confidential.
If anyone wishes to know more about Safeguarding, please contact Jan Way who will be happy to advise on where to find further information.
All volunteers that work with children or vulnerable adults must attend the Diocesan safeguarding training every 3 years.
Are you a survivor or victim of church related abuse? The Diocese of Guildford is reviewing its historical safeguarding records. Could you help the Diocese of Guildford to learn from the past and protect the future?