Safeguarding Policy

In the first instance please click here for the Church of England’s work on Promoting a Safer Church

We take seriously our responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults entrusted to our care and have a Safeguarding Officer and Safeguarding Policy that we work to.


Safeguarding contacts


Promoting a safer church

The following policy was agreed by the Rector and Churchwardens, and endorsed by the Church Advisory Committee on Wednesday 20th March, 2019.

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture.
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Responding to those who may pose a present risk to others.

The church will:

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the churchwardens to implement policy and procedures.
  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken of behalf of the church or on church premises.
  • Display in church premises and on the church website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Julie Davis (01481 247021, safeguarding@valechurch.gg) as the Parish Safeguarding Officer.

Rector  – The Reverend Stuart Keith Tanswell

Rector’s Warden – Mr Michael Bubb

People’s Warden – Deputy Jeremy Smithies

20th March, 2019


Canterbury Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers

In ensuring high standards of practice in safeguarding, we are supported by the Diocese of Canterbury’s safeguarding team, who work closely with the Guernsey Police and specialist staff of the States of Guernsey Committee for Health and Social Care.

The Safeguarding Advisers are qualified and experienced social care practitioners who can provide advice and guidance to parishes and others in the diocese on child and adult protection. They can offer advice, discuss any protection matters and clarify anything in the Deanery Guidelines. They are always ready to work with you to plan a detailed response to any  protection issue, taking into account all aspects of your particular situation. Please do not hesitate to contact them; they are always very ready to help.

Fiona Coombs: 07548 232395 –  fcoombs@diocant.org

Paul Brightwell: 01732 384734 – pbrightwell@diocant.org

Further Information

More information about the Church of England’s commitment to safeguarding can be found here.

For safeguarding information from the Diocese of Canterbury, click here.

For the Deanery of Guernsey’s safeguarding page, click here.

For information about the Guernsey Police Public Protection Unit, click here.

If you are concerned about a child in Guernsey or Alderney, contact the Islands Safeguarding Children Partnership.