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Safeguarding

We take safeguarding very seriously here at St Mary’s to ensure we offer the best possible care for all our children, young people and vulnerable adults.

All those working with children have a current DBS check and we adhere to the Diocesan Child Protection Policy ‘In Safe Hands’. Registration is essential for all Children and Youth activities to assist us in the safeguarding and care of your children and young people.

Please click here to view our Church Safeguarding Policy.

Click here to find out more about the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and Team Contact Details.

Our Safeguarding officer is Sue Huntington (pictured).
Contact: safeguarding@stmaryswesthorsley.co.uk

Our Rector can be contacted at rector@stmaryswesthorsley.co.uk
or 01483 281898

Are you a survivor or victim of church related abuse?

Could you help the Diocese of Guildford to learn from the past and protect the future?

The Diocese of Guildford is currently reviewing all its records, across all 162 parishes, to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and allegations have been identified, reported, and appropriately actioned. Critical to this, is the voice of survivors and victims. The Diocese of Guildford wants to listen to and to learn from your experiences and ensure that your voices are heard throughout this review process.

Coming forward

Anybody who would like to give information or make disclosures about church-related abuse is asked to contact Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Jackie Broadfoot (jackie.broadfoot@cofeguildford.org.uk  07918 559387).

Support is available

The Diocese recognises that coming forward may be extremely difficult and dedicated support has been set up for you. Two confidential listening services have been set up, for those people who have experienced church related abuse but who might want to talk through their experiences and feelings before taking any next step. To find out more about the support available click here.

Building the safest community we can

Bishop Andrew, Diocesan Bishop for the Diocese of Guildford explains why we are doing this: “It is important we do everything we can to make our churches the safest places they can be. Safe means different things to different people but this review will help us to ensure that the concerns reported to our churches have been dealt with properly, and the care taken and the support given is of the high quality that people rightly deserve.  We have learnt from a previous review that that survivors and victims’ voices are critical, and I would urge you to come forward.”