St Andrew’s Church, Histon safeguards children, young people and vulnerable adults through implementing its Safeguarding Policy which follows the guidance given by the House of Bishops of the Church of England.
The current church safeguarding policy can be downloaded in full here.
The policy incorporates two key documents, Promoting a Safer Church which is the House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy Statement and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook. Both of these documents are included in the full policy alongside a short guide to help you navigate your way through. Hard copies of the safeguarding policy are available at the Saint Andrew’s Centre in the Upstairs Hall and at St Andrew’s Church Stable Room.
The PCC commits to review the safeguarding policy at least annually.
If you have any questions or concerns, please use the contacts listed to the right (contacting the vicar in the first instance).
If you think you or the child or adult is in immediate danger and needs urgent help, please call the police on 999.
Safe Spaces—A service for victims and survivors of church-related abuse
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales, or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role in the church or is linked to participating in a church–led activity or group.
If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have need to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger. Safe Spaces can provide a range of help, including advocating with authorities and other agencies, giving emotional support, providing information (including information on church and police procedures), understanding your needs and working together on individual support plans.