St Andrew’s Church Chesterton is strongly committed to creating and maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for everyone, especially for children, young people and vulnerable adults. We affirm, with the Church of England, a ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding. This means we will:

  • promote the welfare of children, young people and adults,
  • work to prevent abuse from occurring,
  • seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused, and
  • respond well to those that have been abused.

We will also take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.

The PCC of St Andrew’s has adopted and approved the Church of England policy for promoting a safer church. This policy deals with all aspects of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

If you have any concerns about the welfare of anyone in our church, or you want to talk to someone about something in our church that doesn’t feel right or has upset you, then please get in touch with:

Linda Holmes, Safeguarding Officer
01223 306150

Philip Lockley, Vicar
07579 831643

If you would rather speak with someone outside of St Andrew’s, but still within the Church of England, then please contact the Diocese of Ely Safeguarding Adviser: Rebecca Boswell 07904 487912

For further information please also see the Diocese of Ely safeguarding pages.

For more detailed information on St. Andrew’s approach to safeguarding, please read our Parish Safeguarding Policy.

Safeguarding contacts outside of the church

You can contact Cambridgeshire County Council Social Care without giving your name and your conversation will be treated confidentially:

0345 045 5203 (children’s concerns) or 0345 045 5203 (adult concerns)
01733 234724 (out of hours help for all concerns)

If you consider a child is at immediate danger and needs urgent help you can call the police on 999.

If you need independent advice or support, the following links may be helpful: