If you are a child

and you need to talk to someone

about things that are happening to you that you don’t like

please click on this link which takes you the Childline website


Click here

or telephone Childline on 0800 1111


If you are an adult

and you need to access support about something that is happening to you, please click on this link to find out how you can do that. 

Scroll down to find links to various support organisations for you to contact. 

Click here


If you need to contact the 

Diocesan Safeguarding Team

Click here


If you need to report a safeguarding concern

to the statutory authorities in Sussex

please click on the link below, then click on the option on the left that most describes the situation you are concerned about, and follow the advice and further links you find there. 

Please remember to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as well once you have contacted the statutory authorities.

Click here


To contact the Safeguarding Officer at Guestling Church

NAME     Cathy Williamson

PHONE    07765 258012


Safeguarding Children and Adults at Guestling Church

(Policy currently under review)

This statement was confirmed by the parish of St. Laurence, Guestling (Part of the Benefice of Westfield and Guestling) at the Parochial Church Council meeting held on 27 September 2021.

As members of this PCC we are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of all our members. 

We recognize that safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. 
We are committed to implementing all safeguarding policies and practice guidance issued by the House of Bishops 

We will carefully select and train all those who work or volunteer in positions of trust. We will use the Disclosure and Barring Service, amongst other tools, to check the background of each person. 

All members of the PCC will be required to undergo DBS checks and to complete the CO and C1 Safeguarding training as required by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. 

We will respond, without delay, to every concern made that a person for whom we are responsible may have been harmed. 

We will co-operate fully with statutory agencies during any investigation concerning a member of the church community. 

We will seek to ensure that anyone for whom we have pastoral responsibility who has suffered abuse is offered support that meets their needs. 

We will respond appropriately to those who have committed sexual offences who wish to join our fellowship, following House of Bishop's guidance and the advice of the Safeguarding Team. 

We will review this policy annually and as part of this process will ensure that all our procedures, particularly in relation to the Disclosure and Barring Service, are up to date.

Our Safeguarding Representative is:    [ New details above as at 2022]

Signed on behalf of the PCC: 
Name/Signed      (Revd Sandi Wickens) (Revd. Joy Collins)          Priest in Charge
Date: 27 September 2021


A copy of this statement is to be displayed in the church and a copy sent to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team



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