Safeguarding & Data Protection

                                        Safeguarding Policy Statement

St Mary Without-the-Walls Church, Overleigh Road, Handbridge, Chester CH4 7BB

1.  At St. Mary’s we recognise that children and young people are an important part of our Church life and that they have much to give as well as to receive. We will listen to them and will respect their wishes and feelings as we nurture them in worship, learning and in community life.

2.  We adopt the principles of the Church of England's Safeguarding Policies for Children and for Vulnerable Adults as authorised by the House of Bishops.

3.  We acknowledge that the Church has much to offer children and young people and the adults who care for them, and that our work with them is the responsibility of the whole Church. With this in mind we look to providing a safe, trusting environment in which all may grow in the love of God.

4.  It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children and young people and to report any abuse discovered or suspected. The approach is one of “informed vigilance”.

5.  We are committed to supporting all those who work with children and young people in either a paid or voluntary capacity. This includes all matters relating to recruitment, supervision, training and review.

6.  As a parish we are committed to good practice in Child Protection, following the guidelines and procedures set down by the Diocese, in partnership with the CCPAS (the Churches' Child protection Advisory service). This includes full compliance with the requirements set out by The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). All DBS disclosures (formerly known as CRB clearance) obtained on behalf of volunteers and children’s staff in the Parish shall be renewed every five years. The Child Protection Advisory Group for the Diocese is an additional source of support.

7.  Volunteers and staff working with and alongside children and young people at St Mary's are expected to know and uphold the Good Practice Guidelines as recommended by the Diocese.

8.  All Group Leaders will liaise with St Mary’s designated officer for safeguarding. The Incumbent is the St Mary’s PCC safeguarding representative.


  The St Mary’s Designated Officer for Safeguarding is:

  Ms. Gemma Parisi

+44 (0) 7754 894748

 The St Mary’s Safeguarding Representative (PCC) is:

 The Incumbent, The Revd Dr R. P. Whaite

The Diocese of Chester Safeguarding Team:

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Pauline Butterfield 

01928 718834 x 221

07703 800031

 Diocesan Safeguarding Training and Policy Officer

 Stephen Ellis                    

 01928 718834 x 261


Local Social Care Services


Name of Authority: Cheshire West and Chester (CWAC)


CWAC Safeguarding Children’s Partnership:


Tel: Office Hours: 0300 123 7047 (the Integrated Access and Referral Team) Tel: Emergencies Out of Office Hours: 01244 977277


Adult Services:

 Tel: Office Hours (Community Access Team): 0300 123 7034

Tel: Out of Office Hours (Emergency Duty Team): +44 (0)1244 977 277



 Emergencies: 999

Non Emergencies: 101

 National Helplines:


NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Childline: 0800 1111

Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900

NAPAC: 0808 801 0331

Samaritans: 116 123

Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Action On Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141

Data Privacy Notice

The GDPR ( General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect on 25 May 2018, replacing the earlier 2008 Data Protection Act and strengthening the earlier requirements to protect  personal information held by organisations

All  registered charities, including parishes, must comply with GDPR to ensure that

·         personal data is processed lawfully, transparently and fairly

·         data is used for the specific purpose/s for which is held, and none other without further consent

·         data will be kept up to date and only for as long as required

·         data will not be disclosed to third parties without consent of the individual.

St . Mary's has drawn up a Data Privacy Notice which sets out in greater detail how we manage and look after personal data held by the PCC and the Clergy team.

The Notice is available to view on Noticeboards in Church and in the Parish Centre.

To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact the PCC Secretary /Data Controller via St. Mary's Parish Office, Overleigh Rd, Chester CH4 7HL: 
 tel 01244 671202, email: 


You can also contact the Information Commissioner's Office at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF : 0303 123 1113 or via email at

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