Safeguarding

The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of the whole church. Everyone who participates in the life of the church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.

Safeguarding is an integral part of the mission and ministry of the church in this diocese and is in line with our Growing in God strategy. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

It is our policy to:

  • Promote a safer environment and culture

  • Safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility relating to those groups who are at increased risk of harm or abuse within the church

  • Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

  • Care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons

  • Care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons

  • Respond to those who may pose a present risk to others

Our Safeguarding Officers:

Valerie Axton (All Saints Bury, St George's)

07931 512676 valerie_axton@hotmail.com

Sara Harper (St John's)

07984 513401 harper.sara@talk21.com

Sarah Cooledge (Lark Valley Churches)

07557 998384 sarah@cooledges.plus.com

​​Call us:

General Enquiries: Adrian Mann 01284 753 984

Weddings & Baptisms: Revd Laura Selman 01284 599 356

Funerals: Rev'd Matt Selman 01284 599 356

Write to us: 

The Rectory,

59 Bennett Avenue

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3JJ

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