We take safeguarding extremely seriously in our churches. Melonie Hambly is the parish safeguarding officer for St Matthew’s, Louise Whittaker for St Edmund’s. All our PCC members and anyone who works with children and vulnerable adults will have had the required checks and will have done the appropriate training.

If you’re worried that a child or vulnerable adult in this church might be suffering from some kind of abuse

  • DO NOT try to diagnose, investigate or sort it out yourself
  • THINK HARD about what it is about the child’s appearance or behaviour that is making you worried or suspicious
  • DO NOT promise confidentiality if someone talks to you about what might be abuse
  • DECIDE who you should Talk to, and
  • TALK TO THEM – within 24 hours

This flow chart, produced by the Diocese, lays out the procedure in full details:


Melonie’s contact details are 01332 743092 – Louise’s 01332 556455 – Peter the Vicar’s 01332 551404 and Jo in the Office is on 01332 552031