What the safeguarding team does
Harbour Churches safeguarding team works for and on behalf of our incumbent Reverend Jonathan Swindells. With the rector we are responsible for all volunteer recruitment, and the safety of people, places, structures, and all activities that happen within Harbour Churches.
All of our volunteers and clergy members understand that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. We have all completed Church of England safeguarding training, and where relevant have completed Disclosure and Baring Service checks.
Who the safeguarding team is and how to contact them
Harbour Churches safeguarding officers are Sophie Relf | 07904 193 826 and Lois Smith | 07542 252063.
You can email the safeguarding team via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding Policy 2022-23 for the Parishes of West Wittering and Birdham with Itchenor
The following policy was agreed by West Wittering PCC and Birdham with Itchenor PCC on 29 June 2022.
As members of this PCC, we are committed to the safeguarding, care, and nurture of all our members.
We recognise 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 may use the Disclosure and Barring Service, amongst other tools, to check the background of people as necessary.
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.
Benefice safeguarding coordinators
Signed on 29 June 2022
Jonathan Swindells Rector/incumbent: Jonathan Swindells
Stella Pendleton for West Wittering PCC: Stella Pendelton
Susan Monks for Birdham PCC: Susan Monks
Maggi Stokes for Itchenor PCC: Maggi Stokes
A copy of this statement is displayed in church porches and a copy is held on file by the diocesan safeguarding team
External organisations list
- 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, or telephone Childline on 0800 1111 https://www.childline.org.uk/
- 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.
- If you need to contact the diocesan safeguarding team, please click on https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/contacttheteam/
- If you need to report a safeguarding concern to the statutory authorities in Sussex, please click on this link, 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. https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/whatdoidoif/