Here at St. John’s, safeguarding is not just about children, youth or vulnerable adults. It is about all of us. We have adopted the same safeguarding policy as the Diocese of Guildford, which is also the same as the safeguarding policy for the Church of England. Please click the linked text to access a copy of the Parish Safeguarding Handbook.

If you would like to raise any safeguarding concern, a disclosure has been made to you, or you would like to make a disclosure, please contact any of the Parish Clergy or our Parish Safeguarding Officer. In your email, please do not outline any of the details of the concern or disclosure, rather let us know that you have a concern or disclosure, along with the contact information that is most appropriate and you are most comfortable sharing and you will be contacted within 24 hours. If the concern or disclosure is related to any of the Parish Clergy, please only contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer. If the concern or disclosure is related to the Parish Safeguarding Officer, please only contact one of the Parish Clergy.

If you would rather raise your concern or make a report with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, please visit the Diocese of Guilford website here or contact Jackie Broadfoot, the Guildford DSA, with the contact information below:

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor:

Jackie Broadfoot: jackie.broadfoot@cofeguildford.org.uk

Parish Contacts:

Rev’d Peter Nevins, Vicar: vicar@stjnh.org.uk

Rev’d Caroline Lazenby, Curate: clazenby@stjnh.org.uk

Rev’d Jane Schofield, Curate: jschofield@stjnh.org.uk

Parish Safeguarding Officer: safeguarding@stjnh.org.uk

Are you a survivor or victim of church related abuse? Could you help the Diocese of Guildford to learn from the past and protect the future?

The Diocese of Guildford is currently reviewing all its records, across all 162 parishes, to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and allegations have been identified, reported, and appropriately actioned. Critical to this, is the voice of survivors and victims. The Diocese of Guildford wants to listen to and to learn from your experiences and ensure that your voices are heard throughout this review process.

Coming forward

Anybody who would like to give information or make disclosures about church-related abuse is asked to contact Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Jackie Broadfoot (jackie.broadfoot@cofeguildford.org.uk  07918 559387).

Support is available

The Diocese recognises that coming forward may be extremely difficult and dedicated support has been set up for you. Two confidential listening services have been set up, for those people who have experienced church related abuse but who might want to talk through their experiences and feelings before taking any next step. To find out more about the support available click here.

Building the safest community we can

Bishop Andrew, Diocesan Bishop for the Diocese of Guildford explains why we are doing this: “It is important we do everything we can to make our churches the safest places they can be. Safe means different things to different people but this review will help us to ensure that the concerns reported to our churches have been dealt with properly, and the care taken and the support given is of the high quality that people rightly deserve.  We have learnt from a previous review that that survivors and victims’ voices are critical, and I would urge you to come forward.”

If anyone is in any need of support related to any incident of rape or other sexual abuse please contact the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASAC) Website: https://www.rasasc.org/ Tel Number 01483 568000