At St Mary’s Church Eastham, the Church Centre in Eastham Rake and at St Peter’s Chapel we have a robust and thorough approach to safeguarding.
Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of everyone. It is central to our mission and ministry as a church and Diocese. As a church, we have rigorous safeguarding policies and procedures which we follow to ensure the safety of all children and adults involved in church life and those visiting us.
On Sunday 19th of November 2023, we held a safeguarding service to make sure that our regular congregation are aware of the high priority we place on safeguarding at Saint Mary’s.
If you have any safeguarding concerns regarding St Mary’s Church Eastham, St Peter’s Chapel or The Church Centre you should contact our parish safeguarding officer in the first instance.
Our Parish Safeguarding officer is Nikki Matthews
You can download our policy documents below
If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or, if necessary, report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.
- NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
- Childline: 0800 1111
- Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900
- Cruse (bereavement helpline): 0808 808 1677
- NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
- MACSAS (for people abused by church officers): 0808 801 0340
- Samaritans: 116 123
- Family Lives: 0808 800 2222
- National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
- Action On Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141
Our safeguarding officer is supported by the Diocese of Chester Safeguarding Team.
Links to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be found here:
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team is currently led by Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Sean Augustin.