In the event of an emergency or urgent Safeguarding issue, please contact the Police by dialling 999.

In the event of a non-emergency Safeguarding issue, please use the following Diocesan/Parish contacts. The Parish’s Policy Statement follows the contact information.

Diocesan/Parish contacts

NameContact details
Diocese of WinchesterTel: 01962 737 300
Diocesan safeguarding manager:
Jackie Rowlands
Tel: 01962 737 317
Mob: 07921 865 374
Incumbent (Vicar):
Rev. Nicola Such
Tel: 01256 840 502
Parish safeguarding officers:
Pauline Pitcher
Pauline North
Tel: 07857 879359 (Pauline Pitcher)
Tel: 07521 084424 (Pauline North)

Contacts for key helplines

ContactHelplineContact number
Hampshire County CouncilSafeguarding children/adults
Out of hours service
Tel: 0300 555 1373
Emergency ServicesFor immediate risk or dangerTel: 999
NSPCCChildren at riskTel: 0808 800 5000
Family LivesParenting/Family supportTel: 0808 800 2222
ChildlineFor children to useTel: 0800 1111
National Domestic ViolenceTel: 0808 2000 247
Stop It Now (Lucy Faithfull Foundation)For adults abused in childhood. Paedophile self-helpTel: 0808 800 2222
NAPACFor those abused in childhood/self harm/suicideTel: 0808 801 0331
Action on Elder AbuseFor those reporting on abuse of the elderlyTel: 0808 8088 141
SamaritansFor anyone struggling to cope, and for those who feel suicidalTel: 116 123

Parish safeguarding policy statement

The following policy statement was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting on 7th April 2022

This parochial church council has adopted the Church of England Safeguarding Policies and Practice Guidance. In particular our church is committed to:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture.
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

The Parish will: 

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
  • Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Manager (DSM) and/or statutory agencies immediately.
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  • Following advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Manager, support and manage the safe involvement of any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
  • Ensure that procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This parish appoints: Pauline Pitcher and Pauline North

© Parish of Basingstoke Down
Designed by Steve Coleman-Williams
and Sue Wood