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The Parish of South Lafford

Safeguarding - Keeping Safe

Most of the time at church we are like a big happy family. However even in very happy families people can have a bad day and even people we know and trust can upset us. We want to help everyone have good days all of the time. We try to make sure that people who have jobs in the church always behave well and in a way that is helpful to you. We never want anyone or anything in church to frighten you, confuse you or worry you. It is important that you tell us if something is upsetting you or if you are feeling worried about something that’s happening or something somebody is doing. We have specially trained people who you can talk to and who you can ask for help. These people are good at safeguarding. This means they look after everyone’s safety. Caring for people is a very important part of our Christian life.

The people who can help you are the parish priest or the parish safeguarding officer.  You can contact the parish safeguarding officer Anna Davies or the parish priest (see their contact details in the box below headed 'Local Contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns'.  If you wish to speak to someone outside the church you can contact the diocesan safeguarding team – their contact details are available here:

There is also information there about other places from where you can get help or advice.  

Promoting  a safer


Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of this Church

Confident disciples in the

joyful service of their church and community actively promote the welfare of all who are vulnerable.  We can work together to prevent

harm from occurring. 

This is Safeguarding.


that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay

Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns:

You can contact a diocesan safeguarding team directly during working hours TO REPORT A CONCERN, or for guidance and support: 

Phone: 01522 504070 or email:

Reporting an allegation or concern out of hours or when you are unable to reach the Diocesan Safeguarding Team:

If your matter is emergency please contact the police on 999 or 101, or contact your local authority:

Name:  Jenny Seddon

Role:     Parish Safeguarding Officer

Tel:        01529 497681



Role:      Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Mobile: 07885 999907



Local Authority Social Service:

Lincolnshire County Council:

  • Concerns relating to Children - 01522 782111 

  • Concerns relating to Adults - 01522 782155

  • or the Emergency Out of Hours Number – 01522 782333

  • Promoting a safe environment and culture

  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults

  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons

  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons

  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk


  • Local Police: 101

  • Emergency: 999 

  • NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

  • Childline: 0800 1111

  • Stop It Now: 0808 100 0900

  • NAPAC: 0808 801 0331

  • Samaritans: 116 123

  • Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

  • Action On Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141

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