Parish Safeguarding Policy

At St Swithun's the Vicar and the Parochial Church Council take the safety and wellbeing of all of our visitors and regular members most seriously. Please read our Parish Safeguarding Policy for more information.

You can also read the additional related policies we have in place:

Responding to safeguarding allegations
Parish Whistleblowing policy
Behaviour Code
E-Safety Policy

You may also like to read The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults, "Promoting a Safer Church ".

Our Safeguarding Officer is Hilary Saunders.

Please contact her if you have any concerns about safeguarding.


You may also contact the Vicar, The Revd Andrew Hawken either by telephone or email:

Telephone: 01342 323307


How to contact the Diocese of Chichester Safeguarding Team, National Statutory Services and other agencies

If you are concerned about someone now you can always telephone 999



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    • If you need to report a safeguarding concern to the statutory authorities in Sussex, then the information you need is also on the Chichester Diocese website - click on the option on the left that most describes the situation you are concerned about, and follow the advice and further links you find there. Please remember to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as well once you have contacted the statutory authorities.

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility

What is important to remember is that acting on your concerns and seeking help or advice is hardly ever a bad idea. People sometimes hesitate because they think "What if I'm wrong?". The response to that is simply to ask, "What if you're right?" If you are unsure - seek advice.

Andrew Hawken, Vicar

Updated April 2023

St Swithun's Parochial Church Council