Welcome to the section on Safeguarding within Hereford Diocese. I hope you find this information useful and informative. Ensuring Safeguarding is kept active in our work is important to guarantee we are all kept safe. Information, particularly national information can change frequently therefore we do endeavour to check and update this site when necessary. If you have any difficulty in finding the information you are looking for please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can point you in the right direction.
We, at Hereford Diocese, are fully committed in following the guidance and standards as set by Archbishop Justin Welby and equally believe safeguarding should be at the heart of our Christian faith.‘Safeguarding’ means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture in all our churches. In order to achieve this, we need to do a lot of hard work. We will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults. We will look to prevent abuse from occurring. We will seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused.We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.
The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all. In order to do this, we must be obedient to Christ who placed a child in the midst of his disciples and encourages us all to be childlike in our faith (see Matthew chapter 18 versus 1 – 5). So, we must practice fully and positively a ministry to all children, young person and adults; to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe form harm.
Everyone has a safeguarding responsibility – we should create a climate in which everyone feels safe and is safe.
The welfare of the vulnerable person – child or adult – must always be held paramount, no matter how uncomfortable that may be because only in that way, can we create a church that is safe for everyone.
The Diocese of Hereford Safeguarding Adviser is Mandy McPhee and she can be contacted on:
Tel 07875 757396
For any non-urgent safeguarding enquiries or in the event of Mandy being unavailable please contact the Diocesan Office on 01432 373300