What is safeguarding?

Fundamentally, safeguarding is about the use and misuse of power, and the exploitation or protection of the vulnerable. Given this, safeguarding is very much about how ‘healthy’ our church life is –  in the Octagon Parish we work within a good safeguarding culture and follow sound safeguarding practice.
The Parish Safeguarding officer is:
Tracey Hodkin
02392 631594
Glenwood, Forestside, Rowlands Castle
The Diocese safeguarding team can be contacted on:
01273 421021
Church House, Hove
If you are a child and you need to talk to someone about things that are happening to you that you don’t like, please click on this link which takes you the Childline website, or telephone Childline on 0800 1111    https://www.childline.org.uk/
If you are an adult and you need to access support about something that is happening to you, please click on this link to find out how you can do that. Scroll down to find links to various support organisations for you to contact.  https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/Ihavebeenabused/
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call the police on 999. 
To raise a concern with West Sussex County Council about an adult, please click HERE.
To raise a concern with West Sussex County Council about a child, please click HERE.
Please remember to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as well once you have contacted the statutory authorities. https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/contacttheteam/

Safeguarding Policies

Chichester Diocese offers comprehensive and FREE safeguarding training for all, whether involved in church activities or not. Please click here to go to the Diocese of Chichester Safeguarding training portal.

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