The following policy was agreed at the PCC meeting held on 21 November 2019.

We are committed to the nurturing, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable.

We are committed to supporting parents and families.

We recognize that child protection is everybody’s responsibility.

We are committed to following the procedures and statutory, Church of England and specialist guidelines for the protection of children and vulnerable adults as set out in the safeguarding section on the Diocese of St Albans website.

We are registered with the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service and follow their recommended policies for safe recruitment of those working with children.

We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection and support of those working with children, whether paid or a volunteer.

We review this policy annually.

If you have any concerns for a child, young person or vulnerable adult in relation to any safeguarding matter, then speak to Eddie Guy (01462 675370), who has been approved as parish safeguarding officer at St Thomas’, or to the Churchwardens, Shena Wright or Peter Willcox. If you would like to speak to someone on the Diocesan Safeguarding Team please select this link for the most up to date details –

A copy of Promoting a Safer Church, The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults, can be seen at St. Thomas’ Church and on application to the parish safeguarding officer.

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