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 https://www.childline.org.uk
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 Beth Lloyd 07743 326457
... 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
Holy Cross Safeguarding Policy
Holy Cross Safeguarding Policy Appendix A
Holy Cross Safeguarding Policy Appendix B
Holy Cross Safeguarding Policy Appendix C