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St John’s Church, in common with the Church of England is committed, as part of the Christian Church living in the spirit of the Gospel, to protect and care for everyone and we aim to be a beacon of best practice in safeguarding. Looking the other way is not an option. Should you have any safeguarding concerns, you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Representative Nicky Sirett on

St Johns Parish Recording Template should be used to record any safeguarding concerns and then emailed or handed to Nicky Sirett.

On 25 January 2021, a meeting of the St John’s PCC confirmed the following two documents:

Parish Safeguarding Policy January 2021

PCC statement on safeguarding January 2021

St John’s Church is committed to following the Church of England Safeguarding advice, which can be found HERE  and contact details for Chelmsford Diocese’s safeguarding team may be found at:

The following phone numbers are available if required:

General Safeguarding Enquiries: 01245 29 44 90

This number can be used to obtain information regarding DBS checks, Training – including e-learning, Safer Recruitment and Policy/Practice Guidance

You can also email the team with any general safeguarding enquiries:

Safeguarding Duty Line: 01245 29 44 44

If you require advice or support about a new safeguarding concern please contact the member of the Safeguarding Team providing ‘duty cover’.   This number will be answered during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, excluding Bank Holidays)
In the event that the phone cannot be answered please be prepared to leave a voicemail message including your contact details and your call will be returned within one working day.

 Please remember if you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger, or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay.

Useful websites

 BBC Webwise – Staying safe online 

CEOP’s Thinkuknow – Keeping safe online and offline – advice for children, youth and parents

Childline – Advice and support for children and young people

Net Aware – Guidance and advice on social media, games and apps

NSPCC – National charity protecting children

Parent Info – Support and guidance for parents

Anti- bullying Alliance – Guidance on how to prevent and stop bullying

The Internet Watch Foundation – Report online criminal content

UK Safer Internet Centre – Advice for parents including how to set up parental controls with your internet provider

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