Safeguarding

Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement

The Parochial Church Council of the Parish of St. Luke the Evangelist (St. Luke’s) Maidstone has adopted the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Church of England.

In particular we are committed to:

  • the safeguarding of all children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • carefully selecting and training paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, using the Disclosure and Barring Service amongst other tools, to check their suitability
  • responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed
  • co-operating fully with the police, local authority and any other appropriate statutory body in any investigation
  • ministering appropriately to anyone, child or adult, who has experienced abuse
  • extending pastoral care to those known to have offended against children or vulnerable adults whilst ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are protected from them

We have appointed

  • Steve Knowles & Melanie Williams as the Parish Child Safeguarding coordinators
  • Clare Torrens as the Parish Adult Safeguarding co-coordinator

Approved by the Parochial Church Council on 4th July 2016.


Principles of the House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy for Children and Vulnerable Adults


Additional information

Our Parish Safeguarding Coordinators are available to speak with adults or children.

Canterbury Diocese Safeguarding Information online.

Authorised Listeners are available to anyone in our parish who wishes to discuss their experiences of past abuse. The listener will provide an attentive and attuned ear to help individuals reflect on their feelings, assist in thinking about their next step and generally provide them with support.

The Diocese has appointed a group of Authorised Listeners, all of whom are qualified professionals with counselling experience. They are able to offer up to 4 sessions free of charge. A request for an Authorised LIstener should be made via the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers;

Any child wishing to talk about a problem can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or online at www.childline.org.uk

Any parent or carer wishing to talk about parenting problems can contact Family Lives on 0808 800 2222 or online at www.familylives.org.uk

Let’s talk  PANTS !
NSPCC’s “Talk PANTS” video teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they’re upset or worried.

Get together and singalong with Pantosaurus to get the conversation started.