Safeguarding & GDPR


Safeguarding is the responsibility of everybody. All of us at some time are vulnerable and in need of a listening ear. The Benefice takes Safeguarding very seriously and in view of this, we follow the Church of England’s national guidelines and the House of Bishops’ safeguarding policy ‘Promoting a Safer Church’.

Please visit the Diocese of Canterbury’s website to access more information on national policies and safeguarding training.

The Benefice has a copy of the Diocesan and Benefice Safeguarding guidelines clearly displayed in the porch of each church. There are also copies of the Diocesan Safeguarding Aide Memoire leaflet available and a photograph of the Church Safeguarding Co-ordinator with contact details.

Benefice Safeguarding Co-ordinator  for children and young people (under 18) and also for vulnerable adults. Also Parish Disclosure Officer (PDO).

Ann Tiplady

Call: 01233  861363 or email:

If you would rather speak to someone outside of the Benefice, you can approach the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA)

Fiona Coombs

Call: 07548 232395 or email:

Call: Paul Brightwell

Call: 07398 009951 or email:

If you are worried about a child or young person (under 18 years) and the information you have suggests that a child is at immediate risk of being harmed, you should tell the police or social services without delay. This is an emergency and it is appropriate therefore to use the police emergency number 999.

If you are worried about a child but do not think there is a risk of immediate harm, you should still speak to someone who can help as soon as possible (the same day). Whilst you can contact our safeguarding officer, we are not an emergency service or a replacement for the Local Authority Children’s Service Teams, and you should approach your local Children’s Services.

Kent County Council Social Services

Concerned about an adult? Call 03000 41 61 61 (text relay 18001 03000 41 61 61)

Concerned about a child? Call 03000 41 11 11 (text relay 18001 03000 41 11 11)

Or email

Other useful numbers

NSPCC – 0808 800 5000

Childline – 0800 1111

Stop It Now – 0808 1000 900

National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) – 0808 801 0331

Samaritans – 116 123

Thirtyone:eight (formerly CPPAS) – 0303 003 11 11

Family Lives – 0808 800 2222

Action on Elder Abuse – 080 8808 8141

National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247

Benefice Safeguarding Policy

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Agreed upon by the European Parliament and Council in April 2018, replacing the Data Protection Directive 95/46/ec in Spring 2018 as the primary law regulating how organisations protect EU citizens’ personal data.

Benefice Privacy Notice.