“Safeguarding is at the heart of our Christian faith; …it means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture in all our churches” (Archbishop Justin Welby, 2018).

Safeguarding is being aware of others and their needs. This means reporting situations where needs are not being met, or where individuals of any age appear to be in a vulnerable situation.

If you have any Safeguarding concerns or queries, you can contact any of the following people:

  • Clare Tawney, Parish Safeguarding Officer, or
  • Michael Humphreys, Deputy Parish Safeguarding Officer, on 01722 322537 (Parish Office), or
  • The Revd Canon Kelvin Inglis, Rector, on 01722 239463.

Or email (your email will only be seen by a member of the Safeguarding Team).

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers Mr Jem Carter and Mrs Suzy Futcher by emailing

St Thomas’s takes very seriously its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk – and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

St Thomas’s has implemented up-to-date safeguarding policies recommended by the Church of England and Salisbury Diocese. As in any organisation, this process is continuous: we all share the responsibility to promote a safer culture, and we must all be aware of the needs of those who may be vulnerable and respond accordingly.

Further information on safeguarding can be found by clicking on these documents:

Safeguarding: what it is, what are we doing to encourage it

Safeguarding trifold leaflet

Safeguarding flow chart: what to do, by whom and by when

Safeguarding Handbook

Safeguarding Policy

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