|Safeguarding at St. Mary’s - Ecclesfield
St. Mary’s – Ecclesfield seeks to promote the welfare of all children, young people and
vulnerable adults. Our congregations, staff, and volunteers share this commitment. We want
everyone to feel and to be safe in the Church, and in all our associated work.
St. Mary’s – Ecclesfield has as far as possible adopted the policies and procedures of the
House of Bishops and the Diocese of Sheffield.
We have adapted these policies to our own structure of governance and routines,
to ensure that they take our particular circumstances into account.
Click here for copy of the Safeguarding Policy
For all enquiries about safeguarding or to report a concern, please contact
Andrea Whittaker the Parish Safeguarding Officer
If your concern is urgent, please contact the Vicar, Reverend Tim Gill.
Telephone: 0114 257 0002
The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Linda Langthorne
Telephone: 0170 930 9149
Out of hours safeguarding advice
Telephone: 0303 003 11 11
Reporting abuse and finding support
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
We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to
your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you.
Therefore, here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a
24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours).
Phone if you are worried about a child.
Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours).
Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours).
Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours).
Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).
The House of Bishops wishes to ensure that our churches and church-related activities are as
safe as possible for children and vulnerable adults. It is important that all cases of concern about
the behaviour of living clergy and church officers towards children and vulnerable adults have
been considered and dealt with appropriately. Incumbents have been asked to check that all
instances within their parish(es), both historically and currently, have been dealt with
appropriately. St Mary’s will be submitting the required forms by the end of September. If you
have any information or concerns please see Tim as soon as possible.