Children and young people are an important part of St Mary’s church
and we commit ourselves to their protection and safekeeping.
It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent
the physical, sexual, emotional and spiritual abuse of children and young people
and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.
We are committed to supporting, resourcing and training
those who work with children and young people
and to following the guidelines and procedures published by the Diocese.
The appointed Child Protection Coordinator for St Mary’s is
Jill Mills who can be contacted via the church office on 677 1186.
If it is suspected that a child is being abused
or if a child discloses that a situation of abuse is possibly occurring
the matter must be brought to the attention of the Child Protection Coordinator
or the clergy (if they are not the suspected)
unless there is a risk of immediate danger to the child,
in which case the police or social services
should be contacted directly and as soon as possible.
A child is defined as someone under the age of 18 years in The Children's Act 1989.