Our Safeguarding Statement


Safeguarding Statement for The Canonry Benefice

The Canonry Benefice acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard & promote the welfare of all adults & children & is committed to ensuring safeguarding practises reflect statutory responsibilities as well as Government & Diocesan guidance thus complying with best practice. The policy recognises that the welfare of adults & children is paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation & social economic background everyone is entitled to worship or participate in events in a safe environment.

Each parish of the Canonry Benefice has its own safeguarding officer.

The aims are to:
• Promote and prioritise the safety & wellbeing of children & adults.
• Ensure all leaders understand their role & responsibility in respect of safeguarding, identifies & responds to signs of abuse, neglect & other safeguarding concerns.
• Ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse & support is provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern.
• Ensure that confidential, detailed & accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained & securely stored.
• Prevent the employment/volunteering of unsuitable individuals.
• Ensure robust safeguarding arrangements & procedures are in operation.

The procedures will be widely promoted & are mandatory for everyone involved in services/events & organisations pertaining to each parish within The Canonry Benefice Monitoring
The statement will be reviewed every 3 years.

Contact Details:

Ash  – Jennifer Taylor 07780 694711

Chillenden & Goodnestone – Sue Kittle suekittle1@gmail.com

Nonington – Janice Willett – 01304 840402

Elmstone –  Janette Nickols 07803 086 584

Preston  – currently vacant, please contact canonryvicar@gmail.com

Stourmouth – via the safeguarding lead at The Churches Conservation Trust visitchurches.org.uk

Parish Safeguarding Officers Information is displayed in the church.
Diocesan Safeguarding Officer – Fiona Coombs Tel 07548232395
Childline Tel 0800 1111
NSPCC Tel 0808 800 5000

Diocese Safeguarding Poster

You can contact us via the following channels:

By email:

By telephone:

The Vicarage: 01304 812296

Please mention which church(es) your enquiry relates to

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