St Michael’s and St Gabriel’s Churches in the Hamworthy Parish takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.


Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here.


Our Safeguarding Policy for Adults can be downloaded here, and our Safeguarding Policy for Children can be downloaded here.

  1. We are committed to:​

    • The care, nurture of and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults​

    • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults

    • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.

  2. We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibilities within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service.

  3. We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation and we will have a clear reporting procedure in place.

  4. We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him / her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.

  5. We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

  6. We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

  7. In all these principles we will follow statute, guidance and recognised good practice.

  8. We will advise the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser if we receive a Disclosure which is ‘blemished’ or ‘positive’ (suzy.futcher@salisbury.anglican.org)

  9. We will review this policy annually and check that our policies are up to date.

This policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) on 17 November 2020.

Safeguarding Contacts

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer:

Andrea Johnson

07920 873056

01202 682804


Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser,

Suzy Futcher

07500 664800