Statement Of Safeguarding Principles

Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God's own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God's re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.


We are committed to:

  • the care and nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and adults;
  • the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable;
  • the establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is informed vigilance as to the dangers of abuse.
We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with Safer Recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes.

We will seek to:
  • work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care;
  • challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust;
  • offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.Since we are an Eumenical Church this statement of principles is based on those recomended by the Methodist Church of Great Britain and the Church of England

All Saints - Safeguarding Officers: can offer safeguarding help and they know how to respond appropriately to a safeguarding concern or allegation:

Helen Gale  Tel: 077903 81740
Georgina Offei  Tel: 07547 541121 (evenings/weekends only)
Email the Safeguarding officers

Call 999 if a child or adult is in immediate danger of significant or serious harm

View our Safeguarding Policy here

Further national helplines are available on our links page

Church of England Contacts:

St Albans Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - Jeremy Hirst
Tel: 01727 818107 / 07867 350886
Asst Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - Martyn Hedley
Tel: 01727 818106 / 07391 010033

Methodist Church Contacts:
Lead Safeguarding Officer & Team Leader – Gill Crippen
Tel: 07722 024250
District Safeguarding Officer – Pauline Jackson
Tel: 07508 410758