Please click HERE for the Church of England's work on Promoting a Safer Church.

We take seriously our responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults entrusted to our care and have a Safeguarding Officer and a Safeguarding Policy that we work to.

Safeguarding contacts

Ruth Abernethy

Parish Safeguarding Officer

and Rector's Warden

Matthew Barrett

Rector of the Town Church

Safeguarding Policy

The following is the safeguarding policy agreed by the Rector and Churchwardens of the Town Church.

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture.

  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.

  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.

  • Caring pastroally for victims and survivors of abuse and other affected persons.

  • Carefing pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.

  • Responding to those who may pose a present risk to others.


The Church will:

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.

  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the churchwardens to implement policy and procedures.

  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.

  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults underatken on behalf of the church or on church premises.

  • Display in church premises and on the church website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.

  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.

  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) and statutory agencies.

  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.

  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children or vulnerable adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.

  • Ensure that health and safety policy, porcuedures and risk assessments are in place and reviewed at appropriate intervals.

  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at appropriate intervals.

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

Canterbury Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers

In ensuring high standards of practice in Safeguarding, we are supported by the Diocese of Canterbury's safeguarding team who work closely with the Guernsey Police and specialist staff of the States of Guernsey Committee for Health and Social Care.

The Safeguarding Advisers are qualified and experienced social care practitioners who can provide assistance and guidance to parishes and others in the diocese on child and adult protection.  They can offer advice, discuss any protection matters and clarify anything in the Deanery Guidelines.  They are always ready to work to plan a detailed response to any protection issue, taking into account all aspects of a particular situation.  Please do not hesitate to contact them; they are always very ready to help.

Fiona Coombs: 07548 232395 -

Paul Brightwell: 01732 384734 -

Further Information

More information about the Church of England's commitment to safeguarding can be found here.

For safeguarding information about the Diocese of Canterbury, click here.

For the Deanery of Guernsey's safeguarding page, click here.

For information about the Guernsey Police Public Protection Unit, click here.

If you are concerned about a child in Guernsey or Alderney, contact the Islands Safeguarding Children Partnership

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We are committed to ensuring the Town Church is a safe place for all and adhere to all applicable safeguarding best practice. 

The Town Church's safeguarding officer is Ruth Abernethy. She can be contacted at or  Tel: 07781 181 281  

Please contact Ruth immediately if you have any concerns about a child or vulnerable adult.  

Church of England Safeguarding

Deanery of Guernsey Safeguarding

Diocese of Canterbury Safeguarding

Town Church Safeguarding Policy

Tel: 01481 720879


Church Square

St Peter Port

Guernsey, GY1 2LD


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