St Luke’s Church is committed to high standards in the safeguarding and care of children, young people and vulnerable adults
Everyone who works at St Luke’s with children and/or adults who are vulnerable are safely recruited and receive safeguarding training.
We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable at St Luke’s. If you feel worried or upset by anything someone says or does, something that is happening or about something that is happening to someone else it is important that you let us know.
Our Safeguarding Officer is Sue Prestwood. Sue can be contacted by phone on 07792351045 or email her here.
However, if it is an emergency and you feel someone is in immediate danger please ring the Police on 999 and inform us afterwards.
Other people you can talk to at St Luke’s are: –
our Children’s Advocate – Fiona Stevens
our Adult’s Advocate – Elaine Curl
our Deputy Safeguarding Officer – Michelle Foulkes
They can all be contacted via the Church Office Email tel. 0114 2303199
If you would prefer to talk to someone outside St Luke’s, you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors:
Our Parish Safeguarding Policy is available to read.
St Luke’s Church has adopted the House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ and follows its policy and practice guidance. (In the event of any difficulties please contact St Luke’s Church Office on 0114 230 3199.)
This means we share the Policy’s commitments:-
• Promoting a safer environment and culture.
• Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults.
• Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
• Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons.
• Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
• Responding to those that may pose a present risk.
Other Contacts you may find useful:-
Safe Spaces: The national Church of England has launched Safe Spaces, an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse. This service offers support to survivors of church-related abuse whether or not a report has been made. The independent service is ran by the charity Victim Support. It is free to access via telephone (0300 303 1056, email or webchat. Further information is available here.
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are child or young person and are worried about anything.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 ((lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)