We take the safeguarding and care of children, young people, victims/perpetrators of domestic abuse and vulnerable adults very seriously. We are committed to the care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and adults when they are vulnerable. We work hard to ensure that we operate in line with current best practice, as recommended by the Oxford Diocese. These recommendations include areas such as day-to-day care, recruitment of staff/volunteers, DBS clearance and training. The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.
Please also see our Safeguarding Policy.
If you would like more information, please speak to a member of staff or contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison Willis.
Reporting safeguarding concerns
Any allegation or concern regarding the abuse of a child or vulnerable adult must be treated seriously and reported as soon as possible. A concern can arise when you observe or suspect abusive behaviour, when an allegation is made or disclosed, or where there are indicators (signs and symptoms) of suspected abuse on the victim.
There are two ways for you to report a safeguarding concern:
- Directly to the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison Willis.
Telephone: 0300 3023270
- Or to the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer, Richard Woodley.
Telephone: 01865 208290
All concerns raised will be investigated thoroughly and action taken in line with St Ebbe’s Church’s safeguarding policies and procedures. Confidentiality will be maintained to the fullest practical extent. The main exceptions are when the law requires disclosure, or when someone is at risk.
To report other concerns that are not safeguarding-related, please see Reporting concerns, complaints and whistleblowing.