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Our policy and what you should do if you have a concern

The Parochial Church Council of St James the Great, Thorley is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults.

We aim to create an environment in which children and young people are nurtured and protected, and in which everyone is able to worship and pursue his or her journey of faith in safety.

We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding together with related Church of England policy and practice.

In particular, we have adopted the House of Bishops’ safeguarding policy as laid out in Promoting a Safer Church and adhere to the guidance in the Parish Safeguarding Handbook.

If you have any concern about the church-related welfare of a child, young person or vulnerable adult in the Parish of St James the Great, Thorley, you should in the first instance contact:

Safeguarding Officer – Maureen Hargrave (Tel: 01279 506753 Option 6, Email: or a Churchwarden –  Sue Carr or Pippa Roy-Chowdhury (Tel: 01279 506753 Option 4, Email: or  If neither is available you should make contact with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Jeremy Hirst (Tel: 01727 818107 Mob: 07867 350886, Email: If your concern arises during a church activity or group meeting, you should, if appropriate, discuss the matter discreetly with the activity/group leader, who will then make the onward contact.

If your concern relates to abuse or neglect in a family, household or community setting, you should report the matter to the relevant Local Authority or the Police. In Hertfordshire, such a concern in respect of a child or young person can be reported to Children’s Social Care on 0300 123 4043 (24 hrs), or in respect of an adult to Adult Social Services on 0300 123 4042 (24hrs). The Police can be contacted on 101 to report a concern that does not require an emergency response.

In all cases, if you believe a child, young person or adult is in immediate danger of significant or serious harm you should contact the emergency services on 999.

Safeguarding Policies

St. James the Great Safeguarding good practice booklet 2020

Safeguarding Policy final January 2020

Safeguarding Statement on Domestic Abuse 2019

Recruitment Check List 2020

Recruitment Policy Ex Offenders 2020

PCC Members’ Safeguarding declaration 2019

Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement – website

C of E Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults

C of E Parish Safeguarding Handbook March 2019

Safeguarding newsletters

Diocesan Safeguarding Newsletter May 2019

Diocesan Safeguarding Newsletter April 2017

Safeguarding poster

C of E Poster “Promoting A Safer Church” with local info

Parish Safeguarding Officer

Parish Safeguarding Assistant