We are not able to offer either an emergency or a 24-hour response to safeguarding concerns. If you are aware that a child or adult is in immediate danger, or requires immediate medical attention, phone the emergency services on 999. Do not delay.
The Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team (NST) is working to increase the capacity and expertise of parishes, dioceses and other Church of England institutions to respond to safeguarding concerns, and to support victims and survivors. If you wish to report any safeguarding issues directly to the NST, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The NST will ensure that any concerns are referred to the relevant diocese and statutory agencies as appropriate. You may also find it helpful to refer to safeguarding information and contacts available from the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.
We understand that reporting abuse or other safeguarding concerns may be very difficult and distressing. A number of agencies can offer help:
- NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (24-hour freephone) – phone if you are concerned about a child
- Childline: 0800 1111 (24-hour freephone) – phone if you are a child or young person and you are concerned about anything
- National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour freephone) – phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse
- Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (24-hour freephone) – phone if you are struggling to cope with any issues and need to talk with someone
- Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 0808 808 8141 (freephone Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) – phone if you have are concerned about elder abuse
You may also wish to be in touch about any safeguarding concerns with the following local benefice and diocesan contacts: