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The Diocese of Chelmsford is committed, as part of the Christian Church living in the spirit of the Gospel, to protect and care for everyone and we aim to be a beacon of best practice in safeguarding. Looking the other way is not an option.

  • Ensuring that its volunteers, clergy, advisers and lay people achieve the standards laid down in the Safeguarding Policies of the Church of England.
  • Working with individuals who have criminal convictions, or where other safeguarding risks are identified, to ensure that they, and all members of the church community are safeguarded.
  • Holding to account all persons responsible for the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults in the Diocese.

Find out more about Safeguarding using the links below:

Do you suspect an incident of abuse?

If you think someone is in immediate danger, phone the police immediately on 999

All Safeguarding concerns should be acted upon immediately. If you are concerned that someone might be at risk or is actually suffering abuse, or would like more information please contact the Safeguarding Team. To contact your local police station please call 101.

Contact the Safeguarding Team

Laura Tyler - Safeguarding Administrator (For general enquiries. Available 9am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday)
Tel: 01245 294438

Lynda Saunders - Safeguarding Assistant
Tel: 01245 294490

Danielle Law - Deputy Safeguarding Manager
Tel: 01245 294472

Amanda Goh - Safeguarding Manager
Tel: 01245 294457

This phone number is for urgent matters that cannot wait  until the next working day. Please be respectful of the team when calling out of office hours and consider whether your call is genuinely urgent, in which case we will gladly respond and provide you with support. Please also note that in an emergency (particularly if somebody is in immediate danger of harm) you should call 999 and ask for the police.
Tel: 01245 294444 (out of office hours this phone will be answered by CCPAS)

Address: Safeguarding, Diocesan Office, 53 New Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1AT

Links to other Safeguarding Organisations and Charities:

Action on Elder Abuse
UK Charity addressing elder abuse within people's own homes (whether by family, friends or paid staff), within sheltered housing, and within care homes and hospitals
Tel: 0808 808 8141

Anne Craft Trust
Supporting organisations to safeguard disabled children and adults at risk and minimise risk of harm
Tel: 0115 9515 400

Child Exploitation and Online Protection
Tel: 0870 000 3344

Helpline for children
Tel: 0800 1111

Charity that you can contact anonymously with information about crime
Tel: 0800 555 111

Essex Police
Refuges, Counselling and Support
Tel: To contact your local police in a non emergency situation ring 101. In an emergency ring 999

The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans*) & anti-violence charity that supports those that have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse.
Tel: 0800 999 5428

UK charity committed to keeping children safe from harm or abuse
Tel: 0845 120 5204

Minister & Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors
Tel: 08088 01 03 40

Mankind UK
Charity that offers support, advice and counselling for male victims of sexual abuse, assault, rape or violence
Tel:01823 334244

Men’s Advice Line
A confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members)
Tel: 0808 801 0327

Metropolitan Police
Victim support and advice
Tel: To contact your local police in a non emergency situation ring 101. In an emergency ring 999.

National Association of People Abused in Childhood. Charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse
Tel:0808 801 0331

National Domestic Violence Helpline
Run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf
Tel: 0808 2000 247

NHS Direct
A non-emergency number. Advisers, supported by healthcare professionals, will direct you to the best medical care for you
Tel: 111

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Tel: 0808 800 5000

Rape Crisis England & Wales
How to get help if you've experienced rape, child sexual abuse or any kind of sexual violence
Tel: 0808 802 9999

Providing a range of services for abused women and children
Tel: 0808 2000 247

Respect phoneline
A confidential helpline for perpetrators of domestic violence looking for help to stop
Tel: 0808 802 4040

Safer Places
An independent charity which provides a comprehensive range of services to adults and children affected by all forms of Domestic Abuse
Tel:03301 025811

Charity you can talk to off the record about whatever’s getting to you. You don't have to be suicidal to call the Samaritans
Tel: 116 123

Help for anyone who wants to prevent abuse - including if you are worried about your own actions
Tel: 0808 100 0900

The Survivors Trust
TST is a national umbrella agency working with women, men and children who are victims/survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse.
Tel: 0808 801 0818

Women’s Aid
Free phone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Tel: 0808 2000 247

Local Safeguarding Adults Boards

Barking & Dagenham
Tel:020 8227 2915

Tel: 03330131019 or call Social Care Direct Tel: 0345 603 7630

The Ask SAL (Safeguarding Adults Line) is also available Tel: 03452 66 66 63

Tel: 01708 433 550

Tel:020 3373 0440 

Tel: 0208 708 7333

Tel: 01702 215008 or Ask SAL (Safeguarding Adults Line) is also available Tel: 03452 66 66 63

Tel: The Ask SAL (Safeguarding Adults Line) is also available Tel: 03452 66 66 63

Waltham Forest 
Tel: 020 8496 3497 or 020 8496 3459. Emergency Duty Team, Adult Social Services Tel: 020 8496 3000 (Out of normal office hours)

Local Safeguarding Children Boards 

Barking & Dagenham
Tel: 0208 227 3811 or 0208 594 8356 (out of hours)

Tel: 0345 603 7627 (If the child is at immediate risk of significant harm ask for the ‘Priority line’ or for professionals seeking advice and guidance ask for the ‘Consultation Line’)
Out of hours Tel: 0345 606 1212 (5.30pm - 9.00am Monday - Thursday, 4.30pm-9.00am - Friday and Bank holidays) 

Tel: 01708 433222 Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm)
Out of hours/weekends Tel: 01708 433999

Tel: 020 3373 4600 during office hours (Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5.15pm or Friday 9am to 5.15pm) 020 8430 2000 at any other time.

Tel: 020 8708 3885

Tel: 01702 215007 (Mon-Thurs: 9am-5.30pm Friday: 9am-4.30pm) or 0845 606 1212 Out of hours

Tel: 01375 652802 or 01375 372468 Out of hours

Waltham Forest
Tel: 020 8496 2310 Monday to Thursday, 9am-5.15pm and Friday, 9am-5pm or 020 8496 3000 Out of hours

For more information please contact Laura Tyler
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The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are asking for your prayers as the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has recently finished its hearing into matters in the Diocese of Chichester. Please pray for all those involved, and for all affected by safeguarding issues.

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Independent Audit of Safeguarding

An independent audit of safeguarding in the Diocese of Chelmsford was conducted by SCIE in April 2017. This was part of a national programme of audits.

Read the diocesan response to the report.

And the report in full.