Safeguarding at St. Mary’s - Ecclesfield

St. Mary’s – Ecclesfield seeks to promote the welfare of all children, young people and
vulnerable adults. Our congregations, staff, and volunteers share this commitment. We want
everyone to feel and to be safe in the Church, and in all our associated work.

St. Mary’s – Ecclesfield has as far as possible adopted the policies and procedures of the
House of Bishops and the Diocese of Sheffield.

We have adapted these policies to our own structure of governance and routines,

to ensure that they take our particular circumstances into account.


For all enquiries about safeguarding or to report a concern, please contact
Andrea Whittaker the Parish Safeguarding Officer

If your concern is urgent, please contact the Vicar, Reverend Tim Gill.

Telephone: 0114 257 0002


The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Sian Checkley
Telephone: 0170 930 9100
Out of hours safeguarding advice
Telephone:  0774 101 3775

Reporting abuse and finding support

If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate
danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999. Do not

Finding support

We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to
your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you.

Therefore, here are the contact details of 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: 116 123 (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).