Most of the time at church we are like a big happy family. However even in very happy families people can have a bad day and even people we know and trust can upset us. We want to help everyone have good days all of the time. We try to make sure that people who have jobs in the church always behave well and in a way that is helpful to you. We never want anyone or anything in church to frighten you, confuse you or worry you. It is important that you tell us if something is upsetting you or if you are feeling worried about something that's happening or something somebody is doing. We have specially trained people who you can talk to and who you can ask for help. These people are good at safeguarding: this means they look after everyone's safety. Caring for people is a very important part of our Christian life.
The people who can help you are the Parish Priest or the Parish Safeguarding Officer. You can contact the Safeguarding Officer, Russ Coulter (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07770 777678) or the Parish Priest Fr Richard Crossland (email@example.com or 07717 767879).
If you wish to speak to someone outside the church you can contact the diocesan safeguarding team - their contact details are available here: www.lincoln.anglican.org/safeguarding-overview. There is also information there about other places from where you can get help or advice. Diocesan contacts are also listed below.
If you have concerns
For a summary of what to do if you have concerns about a child or adult who is vulnerable, see the
The Diocese has adopted a Whistle-blowing policy, which has been endorsed by All Saints PCC. You can read it here.
Lincoln Diocese Whistle-blowing Policy
To record a safeguarding issue, use the following form
Record of Safeguarding incident
The PCC has approved the following policies:
Safeguarding policy statement
Safer recruitment statement
We follow the Church of Englands's Safeguarding policies, and its Promoting a Safer Church document can be downloaded here.
Please remember that if you have a serious concern about a child or adult at risk you should contact the Police or the local authority safeguarding team in your area.
Please note: you do not need to speak to the diocesan safeguarding team first if the matter is urgent.
Local Police: 101
Childline: 0800 1111
Stop It Now! (NSPCC): 0808 800 5000
Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141
Domestic Violence: 0808 2000 247
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team
Debbie Johnson, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 01522 50 40 81/07712 321 361
Penny Turner, Deputy Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 01522 50 40 80/07432 522 412
Gemma Marks-Good, Safeguarding Support Case Worker: 01522 50 40 79
Lucy Russell, Safeguarding Training Coordinator: 01522 50 40 57
Kate Mitchell, Safeguarding Team Administrator: 01522 50 40 68