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Safeguarding Introduction

The protection of children and vulnerable adults is a matter that has received increasing attention, both in the church and in secular society over recent years. The need to safeguard all those whom we seek to serve, most notably those most at risk of harm and abuse, is a core value of the diocese and all the measures available are used to ensure that the right people are leading its many activities, from children’s groups to pastoral care.

We are committed to obtaining Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Disclosures for all those working with children and vulnerable adults on behalf of the diocese or any parish or benefice, and for some other roles, such as specific positions of trust where it is permissible for us to do so. All those working with children are also asked to complete Group 1 safeguarding training (a paper based exercise) while those who are more heavily involved, or who lead an area of work are asked to complete Group 2 training through the diocese's training provider. Parishes are requested to sign up to a code of practice and to appoint a Parish or Benefice Safeguarding Officer. The diocese works collaboratively with Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board, Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board and Suffolk Police Public Protection to ensure that it is well advised in fulfilling its safeguarding responsibilities.

If a child or adult is at risk of immediate harm call 999 now.  To report an online concern to the Police Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, click the button below.

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To report or discuss a concern or for general safeguarding advice, please contact:

David Butcher

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Mobile/Out of Office Hours: 07785 621319

Office: 01638 718939



To discuss diocesan safeguarding training, please contact:

Craig Hutton

Safeguarding Trainer and Training Co-Ordinator

Mobile: 07795 974734

Office: 01473 298552


Training course enquiries should be sent to: safeguarding.training@cofesuffolk.org


To discuss and request criminal record checks and for general safeguarding team enquiries, (using the appropriate email address where applicable) please contact:

Sally Fitch, Administrator (Safeguarding)

Tel: 01473 298540



For Clergy DBS checks: clergy.dbs@cofesuffolk.org

For Lay DBS checks: lay.dbs@cofesuffolk.org

All other safeguarding related enquiries: safeguarding@cofesuffolk.org


For safeguarding governance enquiries (including the Bishop’s Safeguarding Panel) or to raise a concern/complaint about how a diocesan safeguarding matter has been handled, please contact:

Gavin Stone, Head of Transformation and Safeguarding

Mobile: 07917 385843

Office: 01473 298522




All and any safeguarding matters can also be raised in writing, appropriately marked:


Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

Diocesan Office, St Nicholas Centre,

4 Cutler Street, Ipswich, IP1 1UQ


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