Safeguarding concerns or allegations

There are many situations whereby a member of the church may have concerns, or be made aware of concerns, regarding a child, young person and adult. For example:

  • A child, young person or adult discloses abuse
  • Someone discloses concern for a child, young person or adult
  • Someone notices signs of potential abuse of a child, young person or adult
  • A child, young person or adult makes a disclosure about their own behaviour towards another child, young person or adult
  • Someone witnesses concerning behaviour during a church activity or during a home visit

The concern or allegation might relate to someone at church or to someone elsewhere (e.g. at home, work or school).

Initial response

If a child or adult is in immediate danger of significant or serious harm, please remove yourself from any danger, then immediately contact the emergency services by calling 999. The diocesan procedure for responding to a safeguarding concern or allegation can be downloaded by clicking here.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team must be contacted within 24 hours of the concern or allegation. Please ring 024 7652 1345

Out of hours arrangements

The Diocesan Office is open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of office hours, calls to 024 7652 1345 will be diverted to our 24-hour safeguarding helpline. This is operated by an independent Christian charity called thirty-one:eight. They will offer you professional safeguarding advice, and will also forward an email message to our Diocesan Safeguarding Team. One of our team will respond to this message when they are next in the office.

If you are advised by the helpline to immediately contact your local social care team, their out of hours numbers are:

Coventry - 024 7683 2222
Solihull - 0121 605 6060
Warwickshire - 01926 886 922
Our Archdeacon Pastor, Sue Field, can also be contacted out of office hours on 07885 714829