Safeguarding is at the heart of our Christian faith, which means at St Paul’s Church we take action to promote a safer culture for everyone, in all that we do.

The welfare of the child, young person and vulnerable adult is at all times paramount, and takes precedence over all other considerations.

What do we do?

We follow the guidance from the Church of England, https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church-safeguarding

We are also guided by the Diocese of York Safeguarding Team here: https://dioceseofyork.org.uk/safeguarding

We have two parish safeguarding officers who can be contacted with any queries via email: safeguarding.stpaulsyork@gmail.com

We have a local safeguarding policy which can be read here.

We ask that everyone in our church consider doing the basic awareness training online from the Church of England. There is further training which is mandatory in other roles and the Parish Safeguarding Officers will talk to you about this. Training needs to be refreshed every three years. (see Diocese of York safeguarding pages link below)

The following links are to organisations which can support children, young people and adults in need
Reporting safeguarding concerns:
To report a crime
In an emergency, phone 999 to contact the police
If the person is not in immediate danger, phone 101 to contact the police

Other Organisations Links and Contact Details:

City of York Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
P: 01904 551900
E: mash@york.gov.uk

City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership
P: 01904 551900
E: mash@york.gov.uk

City of York Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB)
P: 01904 555111
E: adult.socialsupport@york.gov.uk

Childline
P: 0800 1111

IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Support)
The largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence
P: 03000 110 110
E: info@idas.org.uk