Safeguarding - Keeping Safe

Reproduced with kind permission from Revd. Dawn Airey (Gleneagles Anglican Church)

At St Aidan’s we are committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People,  Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults. 

The Parochial Church Council of the Parish of St.Aidan’s has adopted the House of Bishop’s Promoting a Safer Church Safeguarding Policy Statement and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the  Church of England’s website.

Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Elaine Brooks. Please contact her with any enquiries by email  or by phoning 01702 208747

St.Aidan’s is part of the Diocese of Chelmsford. 

For further information about Safeguarding in the Diocese of Chelmsford click here.

For information about the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and Safeguarding contacts in the Diocese of Chelmsford click here.  

Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal, and safe space for anyone who has been abused by someone in the Church or as a result of their relationship with the Church of England. Please visit their website  or send an email to 

The most important point to bear in mind is, if in doubt about any  safeguarding matter contact the Chelmsford Diocesan Safeguarding Team  whose job it is to offer advice, guidance and support in all situations in which  a child or adult may be at risk. For this purpose the team can be contacted at  any time on: 01245 294444 

If you believe that somebody is in immediate risk of danger or harm you should call 999 and ask for the police. 

Other useful contact details

Safeguarding contact details for Southend Council Children’s Services: 

First Contact Team: Mon-Thurs: 9am-5.30pm. Friday: 9am-4.30pm  01702 215007

Emergency Duty Team, Out of hours, 365 days a year 0845 606 1212

Adult Services: Safeguarding Adults Helpline on 08452 66 66 63

National Helplines:

Childline: 0800 1111

NSPCC: 0808 500 8000

Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247

MACSAS (Ministers and clergy sexual abuse survivors):

Mencap Learning Disability Helpline: 0808 808 1111

VOICE UK (For people with learning disabilities who have experienced  crime or abuse): 0808 802 8686

StopItNow! (For anyone who may need help preventing abuse, even in  themselves) : 0808 100 0900

Women’s Aid (Seeking to end domestic violence against women and girls):

Samaritans: 08457 909090