Earley St Peter's Church

Safeguarding

Parish Policy and Contacts

Earley St Peter's is committed to:

·     The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults

·     The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable

·     The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.

A copy of the Parish's Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here.

For queries or concerns the Parish Safeguarding Officer:

Safeguarding contact

If there is immediate risk or danger please contact the Police on 999.

Local Authorities

If you are concerned about a child, young person, or vulnerable adults the local authorities can be contacted as follows:

Safeguarding Adults teams

Wokingham: 0118 974 6722 or website here.

Reading: 0118 937 3641 or website here.

Safeguarding Children teams

Wokingham: 0118 908 8002, email, or website here.

Reading: 0118 937 3747 or website here.

For all local authority services, in Reading and Wokingham, for safeguarding children and adults, the out-of-hours number is 01344 786 543.

Church of England Resources

Church of England Safeguarding Pages

Diocese of Oxford Safeguarding Pages [Our parish is part of the Diocese of Oxford, which is the Church of England in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Milton Keynes].  Telephone 01865 208290.

Other Agencies

Other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

  • 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 a 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).