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Diocese Procedures for Child and Adult Safeguarding

Useful Template Forms

  • Child / Young Person Emergency Contact Form | PDF | DOCX
  • Church Volunteer Agreement | PDF | DOCX
  • Parental Consent Form | PDF | DOCX 
  • Photo Permissions Form for Adults | PDF | DOCX
  • Photo Permissions Form for Children and Young People | PDF | DOCX 

Safer Recruitment

Other External Documents

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Audit

Please see below links to an audit undertaken by SCIE on behalf of the National Church of England Safeguarding Team, the diocesan response to the considerations raised and subsequent action plan. The Bishop’s Safeguarding Panel continue to oversee this process.

Your Views

Your views on our safeguarding work are valued. If you would like to express these, please complete and return the 'How safe do you feel?' survey below.


Protecting All God’s Children recommends that parishes should display the ChildLine and ParentLine Plus telephone numbers.


To learn more about how to keep Children and Young People safe online click Think U Know.


Allegations Management Protocol

This protocol outlines the process by which the Diocese should respond to allegations made against Clergy or any other person working on their behalf in a position of trust, in partnership with SCC and Suffolk Police.

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.


Gavin Stone, Head of Transformation and Safeguarding
Office hours: 01473 298522 
Emergency: 07917 385843

David Butcher, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
Mobile: 07785 621319
Office (Home): 01638 718939

Craig Hutton, Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer and Training Coordinator
Mobile: 07795 974734
Office:  01473 298552

Sally Fitch, Administrator (Safeguarding)
Tel: 01473 298540
CLERGY: clergy.dbs@cofesuffolk.org
LAY: lay.dbs@cofesuffolk.org
TRAINING: safeguarding.training@cofesuffolk.org


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


Safeguarding Documents Safeguarding Training Safeguarding DBS Information

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