by Helen Clemow last modified 30 Sep, 2019 10:55 AM

Ensuring the Diocese of Salisbury provides a safe and caring environment for everyone but especially children, and adults who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. Victims and Survivors are at the heart of our safeguarding work. Contact the team below.

"Every organisation has responsibilities for safeguarding, but this is particularly important for us as a Church.
"We need to ensure the safeguarding of everyone but especially of children and vulnerable adults."

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam Bishop of Salisbury

Safeguarding: Guiding Principles

We are all in need of protection from harm and as a Christian community it is the responsibility of every one of us to protect those less able to protect themselves.

The safeguarding and protection of children, and adults at risk is everyone’s responsibility, not just parents, guardians and carers.

The Diocese of Salisbury is committed to:

  • The safeguarding and protection of all children and young people.
  • Safeguarding adults who may be at risk of abuse or neglect
  • The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with all adults and children.
  • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse

We will respond without delay to every concern raised which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed or is at risk of harm, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation.

From our Diocesan Safeguarding Strategy, 2019

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Click here for the very latest resources.

Main contact:

Heather works at Church House, Salisbury, 9am-5pm Mondays-Wednesdays and 9am-1pm on Thursdays. She is available Monday to Thursday, 8am-9pm, for urgent safeguarding discussions, via 07500 664800.

Main contacts for training courses:

Adrian is the first point of contact for all Safeguarding training and DBS matters.
NB: PLEASE DO NOT use his 'adrian.smale@' email for Safeguarding queries.


We recognise that, to achieve a safe environment, we need to create an informed, caring atmosphere where the unthinkable can be thought and discussed. If you cannot find what you need, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

If you need a safeguarding policy for your parish we strongly recommend that you adopt ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ which is also the policy of the national church and the diocese.  It can be found here.

First things first:

24-hour safeguarding advice is available from thirtyone:eight on 0303 003 11 11.
Visit the thirtyone:eight website here or our Child Protection page here.

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The Disclosure and Barring Service

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. You may need to check someone’s criminal record if they apply for certain jobs or voluntary work with children or adults at risk of abuse. 'Working Together' is a guide to inter-agency work.

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Click here for our Parish Policy for Use of Photographs and Video Recordings.

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The way we deliver safeguarding training in the Church of England is changing. New practice guidance on how this should look over the coming years (click here) has been approved by the House of Bishops. The purpose is to develop and ensure a framework of consistent learning and development of safeguarding practice in the context of the church. We will continue to deliver training around the diocese and across the year. You are urged to look at who in your parishes needs to do this training and make sure they sign up to one of the courses being laid on.

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Are you a British Sign Language user? Click here to access a message offering help and support to anyone who is suffering abuse now or has done in the past; you can also view the British Sign Language version of the NSPCC's "underwear rule" guide here.

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