Promoting a Safer Church.

Romney Marsh Benefice.

Safeguarding Policy for Children, Young People and Adults.


At Romney Marsh Benefice, we believe that the safety and well-being of all members and visitors is important. This is especially true

of children and young adults.


It is essential that everyone who participates in the life of our church plays their part in promoting a safe church environment.


This document sets out our safeguarding policy for all and in particular children, young people and vulnerable adults. It is based on the good practice advice set out in the Church of England’s guidance (also called Promoting a Safer Church) which was produced by the church’s National Safeguarding Team. The guidance can be found at

The policy ensures that we meet our duties under Section 5 of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 to have ‘due regard’ to the safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops.

By applying this policy, we will seek to promote the welfare of all, work to prevent abuse from occurring, protect those at risk of abuse and respond well to those who have been abused. We will take care to identify situations where a person may present a risk to others and offer support to them, whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.

In practice this will be by:

Taking care to promote a safe environment and culture.


Following clear and safe recruitment practices in particular in relation to children, young people and vulnerable adults, in order to ensure that those in positions of responsibility and authority are trustworthy.


Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.


Providing pastoral care for victims of abuse and other affected persons.


Providing pastoral care for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.


Responding to those who may pose a present risk to others.


The PCC’s of the individual Parishes have appointed members from the PCC as their Safeguarding Coordinator’s to advise them on safeguarding issues. Should the need arise to contact any one of them, please see the the list below or the individual section of the required church for contact details.


The Church is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ and his two greatest commandments of love for God and love for our neighbours. This means a welcome for all and especially for the most vulnerable within a community. Christ’s Gospel affirms the dignity and value of every human being and the importance of responsibility and trust.

Being faithful to our call to share the gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and yet responding well when it has.


Romney Marsh Benefice.

February 2021

Burmarsh: Heather Bateman 01303 873781

Dymchurch: Chris Clark 07740 395497

Ivychurch: TBA

Newchurch: Peter Dunning 01303 311779

New Romney: Gaynor Cobb 01797 363747

Old Romney: Gaynor Cobb 01797 363747

St Mary's Bay: TBA

St Mary in the Marsh: Roger Constable 01797 363198



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