Promoting a safer church


The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of the whole church. Everyone who participates in the life of the church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.

Safeguarding is an integral part of the mission and ministry of the church in this diocese and is in line with our Growing in God strategy. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

Contacts

Name and email Role Telephone
Karen Galloway Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser 07785 621319 (available 8am to 8pm)
Sally Fitch Safeguarding Administrator 01473 298540
safeguarding@cofesuffolk.org   Safeguarding general enquires 01473 298540

 

 

 

 

Our diocese now partners with 'thirtyone:eight' an out of hours helpline for reporting safeguarding concerns when the diocesan office is closed or the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer (DSO) is on leave.
 
When the DSO is unavailable 'thirtyone:eight' will offer safeguarding cover via their Helpline (0303 003 1111).  If you contact the Helpline, please state clearly that you are calling from St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese so that they can ensure information is appropriately shared with our Safeguarding team for necessary follow up on their return - an Information Sharing Agreement is in place which allows the DSO to receive a copy of any advice 'thirtyone:eight' may offer the parish church/caller.

'Thirtyone:eight' will operate Monday - Friday between 7.00 - 9.00am and 5.00pm - midnight, Saturday and Sunday 7.00am - midnight.   

Our policy is to:

  • Promote a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruit and support everyone who is working with people who are at increased risk of harm or abuse within the church
  • Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
  • Care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Respond to those who may pose a risk to others.

In order to fulfil the above policy, we will provide facilities to;

The diocese works collaboratively with Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership and Police Public Protection.

New arrangements for reporting concerns when the diocesan office is closed or the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer ( DSO) is on annual leave.

The Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich now partners with thirtyone:eight in relation to accessing their out of hours safeguarding Helpline.

In the event the DSO is unavailable (due to being on holiday or other absence and outside Diocesan office hours), thirtyone:eight will offer safeguarding cover via their Helpline (0303 003 1111). An Information Sharing Agreement between the two organisations is in place which allows for the DSO to receive a copy of the advice thirtyone:eight may offer the parish church/caller. Therefore when you contact the Helpline, please state clearly that you are calling from St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Diocese so that thirtyone:eight can ensure information is appropriately shared with our Safeguarding team, for necessary follow up on their return"

Thirtyone:eight will operate during the hours-

Monday -Friday between 7am-9am and 5pm-midnight

Saturday and Sunday 7am-midnight

Week commencing 9 August when Karen Galloway is on annual leave.

Karen Galloway, Diocesan Safeguarding Officer

Report a concern

Information about reporting a concern Find out more.

Safeguarding resources

For Ministers and Safeguarding Officers Find out more.

Safeguarding support

Where to go for help and support Find out more.

Training

Basic, Foundation and Leadership  Find out more.

Safer recruitment

Information about your DBS form Find out more.

IICSA

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse Find out more.

PCR2

Past Cases Review 2 is underway Find out more.


Page last updated: 6th August 2021 9:24 AM