Safeguarding & Data Protection


St Mary Without-the-Walls, Chester takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously.  We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines.  
Read about the policies and procedures at 

"Promoting a safer church"

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church

The House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults (2017, superseding the 2010 policy) includes a summary of the Church of England's commitments:
  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those what may pose a present risk.
If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

Local contacts available to speak if you have any concerns:

Peter Dove - Safeguarding Coordinator, on behalf of the Parochial Church Council of St Mary's tel: 01244 321938  email:

Doris Keen - St Mary Handbridge Centre Manager tel: 01244 671202  email:

Pauline Butterfield - Chester Diocese Safeguarding Advisor

  • NSPCC: 08088005000
  • Family Lives: 08088002222
  • Childline: 08001111
  • Stop It Now: 08081000900
  • NAPAC: 08088010331
  • Samaritans: 116123
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 08082000247
  • Action on Elder Abuse: 08088088141

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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