Safeguarding is about ensuring we have a culture of safety and welfare around activities we undertake in West Cheltenham. It is about promoting the best possible care for children, young people and adults, preventing abuse from occurring, protecting those who are at risk of abuse, and identifying and responding to abuse where it has occurred. Where someone may present a risk to others, it is also about us being ready to support them whilst effectively acting to mitigate any risks.

Reporting a safeguarding concern

  • If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999.
  • For non urgent local safeguarding enquiries, you can email or call either the West Cheltenham Parish Safeguarding number on 01242 655650, or our lead vicar Rod Paterson on 07853 632 675.
  • You can contact the diocesan safeguarding team on 01452 835516 and the Gloucestershire Adult Social Care helpdesk on 01452 426868

Please also see the Diocesan Safeguarding web pages to find out the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor's contact details and details of how you can report a concern via the diocese, and to view the generic parish handbook. 

Our local procedures

Local safeguarding guide - essential reading for all group leaders, and reference for all volunteers in West Cheltenham

Template job description - accompanies Action Card 1 in the Local Safeguarding guide to help you describe a volunteer role that needs safer recruiting

Template risk assessment - accompanies Action Card 2 in the Local Safeguarding guide to capture your risk assessment for an activity or event. An example risk assessment is available here