Principles of the House of Bishop’s Policy for Safeguarding

Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.


We are 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.

We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibilities within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation.

We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.

We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.

The principle statement will be renewed annually and progress in carrying it out will be monitored by The Safeguarding Coordinator who is:

Ms Helen Duffy 
They may be contacted at 07432 026 253 

This statement was agreed by Worksop Priory Parochial Church Council.

Date: 25.5.22

Fr Nicolas Spicer


Mr James Rubie



If you have concerns about possible abuse (including allegations):

In the Parish: Ms Helen Duffy
Telephone: 07432 026 253 E-Mail:

In the Diocese: Diocesan Safeguarding Team, Telephone: 01636 817200 E-Mail:

If you have an immediate concern: call 999

Other useful numbers are

Safe Spaces 0300 3031056

MACSAS 08088 010340

Samaritans 116 123  

ChildLine 0800 1111                                                                  

If your concern relates to a child or vulnerable adult in Nottinghamshire call: 0300 500 8080
and for Nottingham City Council:
Child: 0115 876 4800
Vulnerable Adult: 0300 131 0300


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