What to do if you have a safeguarding concern:
If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger, or requires immediate medical attention, call emergency services on 999.
If you do not think there is a risk of immediate harm, you should still speak to an official about your concern as soon as possible.
The Diocesan safeguarding team are committed to responding to safeguarding concerns, providing advice if you are not sure what to do, and supporting survivors in an efficient and effective way. We are not however able to offer an emergency or 24-hour response. Your Parish Safeguarding Officer is also a local first point of contact for reporting safeguarding concerns.
If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of harm you should approach your local children or adult social care department.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser should be informed about any case where a child or vulnerable adult appears to be at risk or where an adult appears to present a risk. They should be informed straight away of any safeguarding concerns involving a Church Officer. A ‘Church Officer’ is anyone appointed/elected by or on behalf of the Church to a post or role, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or unpaid.
If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns directly to the NST please email firstname.lastname@example.org.