At St John's we feel strongly that children and other vulnerable people need protecting from all kinds of abuse and exploitation when they spend time with us.

All our volunteers go through a careful selection process. They are trained to recognise safeguarding issues and know how to act appropriately in the event of any disclosure,

We know the Church of England has not always had a good record on safeguarding but it has taken significant steps in recent years to ensure children and other vulnerable people are kept safe.


Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement

The parochial church council (PCC) of St John the Baptist, Folkestone, has adopted the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Church of England. In particular we are committed to:

  • the safeguarding of all children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • carefully selecting anmd training paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, using the Disclosure and Barring Service amongst other tools, to check their suitability
  • responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed
  • co-operating fully with the police, local authority and any other appropriate statutory body in any investigation
  • ministering appropriately to anyone, child or adult, who has experienced abuse
  • extending pasoral care to those known to have offended against children or vulnerable adults whilst ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are protected from them.

We have appointed Mandy Allen, tel: 01303 264724, as the Parish Safeguarding Coordinator and Dr Penny Sholl, tel: 01303 259596 as deputy. The Church Wardens, Nick Buckley and Steve O'Neill, are third in this line of responsibility. This safeguarding team is available to speak with adults or children.

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

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