Church of England See of Richborough Diocese of St Albans Luton Deanery

Promoting a Safer Church - Policy and Procedures

At the heart of traditional Anglo-Catholic worship, in Luton



Safeguarding is a term which is broader than ‘child protection’ and relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. The Parish Safeguarding Handbook, provides more information on how safeguarding policy can be implemented into Church of England parishes.


Trustees of charities which work with vulnerable groups, including children, must always act in their best interests and ensure they take all reasonable steps to prevent harm to them. Having safeguards in place within an organisation not only protects and promotes the welfare of children but also it enhances the confidence of trustees, staff, volunteers, parents/carers and the general public.


The necessity to safeguard children applies both to charities working in the UK and other countries where children may face different or additional risks of abuse or exploitation. These safeguards should include a child protection policy and procedures for dealing with issues of concern or abuse. For the purposes of child protection legislation the term ‘child’ refers to anyone up to the age of 18 years.

Domestic Abuse

The Church remains committed to those who have been survivors/victims of domestic abuse and to addressing the processes that lead to domestic abuse. Domestic abuse in all its forms is contrary to the will of God and an affront to human dignity. All need to play their part in preventing or halting it.

The Church has developed updated practice guidance Responding Well to Domestic Abuse - Policy and Practice Guidelines will help church communities address the issues in an informed way and be of use to anyone entrusted by victims, survivors or perpetrators to hear their story. In doing so, we acknowledge the excellent work that is already taking place in many churches, by many Christians and by those working in voluntary and statutory organisations and we are grateful for their help in drawing up this revised practice guidance.

Key telephone numbers for sources of help
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Legal support (National Centre for Domestic Violence) provides a free, fast, emergency injunction service for victims of domestic abuse: 0844 8044 999
Male victims (Respect): 0808 801 0327
Helpline for domestic abuse in same sex relationships: 0800 999 5428



St Saviour's Parish Church St Albans' Diocese Policy Government Policy
Statement of Safeguarding Principles Diocese Documents Safeguarding Children and Young People
Parish Safeguarding Policy 2017    
  Church of England  
National Policy and Guidance Responsing Well to Domestic Abuse Protecting All God's Chilrden