We take safeguarding extremely seriously in our churches. Melonie Hambly is the parish safeguarding officer for St Matthew’s, Louise Whittaker for St Edmund’s. All our PCC members and anyone who works with children and vulnerable adults will have had the required checks and will have done the appropriate training.
If you’re worried that a child or vulnerable adult in this church might be suffering from some kind of abuse
DO NOT try to diagnose, investigate or sort it out yourself
THINK HARD about what it is about the child’s appearance or behaviour that is making you worried or suspicious
DO NOT promise confidentiality if someone talks to you about what might be abuse
DECIDE who you should Talk to, and
TALK TO THEM – within 24 hours
This flow chart, produced by the Diocese, lays out the procedure in full details: safeguarding-flowchart
Melonie’s contact details are 01332 743092 – Louise’s 01332 556455 – Peter the Vicar’s 01332 551404 and Caroline in the Office is on 01332 552031. The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor is Julian Hodgson and can be contacted on 01332 388678.
The Diocese of Derby is currently (March 2020) involved in a Past Cases Review, going back through the safeguarding cases that have involved clergy or church officers over the last decade. Peter the Vicar has worked with Melonie Hambly (Parish Safeguarding Officer at St Matthew’s) and Anne Cogley and Louise Whittaker (PSOs at St Edmund’s), has had a conversation with Chris Dyer (previous Vicar), and has returned his review paperwork to the Bishop. However, if anyone in our communities has anything you would like to talk about, please do contact one of us. Alternatively you can phone the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01332 388678 or the dedicated national hotline run by the NSPCC on 0800 802020.