Safeguarding

All organisations involved with children, young people or vulnerable adults must ensure they adopt safe working practice in every area.

Introduction- why do we need this standard?

All organisations working with children, young people and vulnerable adults should operate and promote good working practice. This will enable workers to run activities safely, develop good relationships and minimise the risk of false or unfounded accusation. It will also help to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults not only when they are participating in activities run by the organisation but also in their day-to-day lives.

Faith Fact: Places of worship are often involved in a variety of different activities and they can operate from different locations (e.g. crèche, Sunday school, detached youth work, internet café, lunch club for adults with learning disabilities). This makes it even more important to have guidelines in place for specific activities as well as be working to general standards of good working practice.

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Further help and guidance

Helplines

  • NSPCC for adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000
  • Childline for children and young people: 0800 1111
  • Action on Elder Abuse helpline: 0808 808 8141
  • 24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • NAPAC offer support and advice to adult survivors of childhood abuse: 08088010331
  • Stop It Now preventing child sexual abuse: 0808 1000 900
  • Cruse bereavement helpline: 0808 808 1677
  • Family Lives support and advice on family issues: 0808 800 222
  • MACSAS for people who have been abused by church officers: 0808 801 0340
  • Samaritans for people struggling to cope and needing someone to talk to: 116 123

Some sources of support for victims and families of abuse

Websites

Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019

Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019

Click here to download The Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019 booklet ESP 2019 v2






#Everyday Faith

The Church of England invites you on a journey to discover God throughout your everyday lives. Find out more information here.

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Benefice YouTube Videos now online

The Benefice has a new YouTube channel. Please do take a look at two online videos

Festival Dates 2019-20

S Augustine said ‘In the house of God there is never-ending festival’. Here are upcoming festivals being celebrated at St Mary's

2019

    Witney Wonderland Friday 29th November 5 pm
    Witney Wonderland Christmas Stalls Saturday 30th November 11am - 4pm
    Witney Wonderland Gala Ball Sunday 6th December

2020

    Beer Festival Saturday 9 May
    Food Festival Saturday 16 May
    Oktoberfest Saturday 12 September

Festival Dates 2019

The Witney Feast: Saturday 14th - Tuesday 17th Sep. The programme includes

    The Oktoberfest: Saturday 14th Sep, 12noon
    Civic Service followed by Gallopers Service: Sunday 15th Sept, 6pm

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Safeguarding: who to contact in an emergency

If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don’t delay: call Children and Adult’s Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833408

Also please inform your Parish Safeguarding officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Ness, on 07774524756 or Pauline on 01993 648136 that you have contacted them.

Safeguarding: who to contact with concerns

For all safeguarding concerns please immediately inform your Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Ness, on 07774524756 or Pauline on 01993 648136. You can also email concerns to safeguarding@witneyparish.org.uk

If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Stuart Nimmo, on 01865 208290 or Sophie Harney on 01865 208295.