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The parish of Bearsted: Holy Cross is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO), whose contact details are below.  


The Diocese of Canterbury's safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSO. Links and contacts below.


If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.


Any child wishing to talk about a problem can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or


Any parent or carer wishing to talk about parenting problems can contact Family Lives on 0808 800 2222 or


We have appointed: 


Parish Safeguarding Officer                                  Valerie Parker   01622 430609


Parish Vulnerable People's Advocate                   Andy Haines     07504 745044


Parish Deputy Vulnerable People's Advocate       Jane Tricker     07930 845834


... all of whom can be contacted in confidence.

Alternatively you may contact the Diocesan Safeguarding team or see website here


Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor  Fiona Coombs 07548 232395


Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor  Paul Brightwell  07398 009951

Policy Documents:

Holy Cross Safeguarding Policy

Holy Cross Safeguarding Policy Appendix A

Holy Cross Safeguarding Policy Appendix B

Holy Cross Safeguarding Policy Appendix C

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