At St. Michael’s and St. Mary’s we want to make everyone feel welcome and safe. To help with this, we have a Vulnerable Adult Coordinator and Child Protection Officer (Safeguarding Officer). These roles include looking out for those who may need support and being available to speak to about any issues or concerns you may have.
Every volunteer who helps with children, youth work and vulnerable adults has to complete DBS checks. Regular vulnerable adult and child protection training for those on these teams must also be completed.
We are committed to a child protection and vulnerable adults policy in line with the Canterbury Diocese. This is reviewed annually by the PCC. Our Diocesian policies can be viewed via their website, or by clicking on Promoting a Safer Church, Protecting All God’s Children and Promoting a Safe Church.
If you have a safeguarding concern within our parish, please do contact our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult Coordinator (Safeguarding Officer) or a Churchwarden.
If you are unable to get through, then please do leave a message if the concern is not urgent. If you believe someone is at immediate risk or danger please call 999. If you need to talk with someone outside of church the Child Line number is 0800 1111.
In addition, Kent County Council services are contactable as follows:
Main contact 03000 414141
Adult social services & health 03000 416161
Children & Families Information Service 03000 412323
Children’s social services 03000 411111