St Paul’s Church takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Carolyn Martindale on 01202 690110 or email. Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers: Jem Carter (T: 01722 411922 or 07469 857888. E: Or Suzy Futcher (T: 07500 664800. E: If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority’s children or adult social care services. Safeguarding policy (‘Promoting a Safer Church’) Parish Safeguarding Handbook

The Church of England’s safeguarding policies and where to find them

Contact details of relevant  organisations

Oakley & Humphries (2019) Escaping the Maze of Spiritual Abuse. Creating Healthy Christian Cultures. SPCK Publishing.

Fife, Janet and Gilo (2019), Letters to a Broken Church. Ekklesia. 

Harper and Wilson (2019) To Heal and Not to Hurt: A fresh approach to safeguarding in Church, Darton, Longman and Todd

Merchant (2020), Broken by Fear, Anchored in Hope: Faithfulness in an age of anxiety. SPCK Publishing.

Frankl, (2004) Man’s Search for Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust, Rider.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Report on The Anglican Church – The Anglican Church: Safeguarding in the Church of England and the Church in Wales (

The SCIE overview report – SCIE Final overview report of the independent diocesan safeguarding audits and additional work on improving responses to survivors of abuse.pdf (

Websites (national Society for the prevention of cruelty to children)  (Female domestic abuse charity) (Christian domestic abuse charity) (Male domestic abuse charity) (child safeguarding organization) (Social Care Institute for Excellence) (child exploitation and online protection command) (adult safeguarding charity) (adult safeguarding charity) (child protection charity)

www.theclewerinitiativeorg (modern slavery charity) (modern slavery charity) (survivor advocacy charity)

Helplines for further support

  • Safe Spaces –

Safe Spaces is for anyone who feels they have experienced church related abuse of any form in England or Wales. Safe Spaces comprises a team of trained support advocates who have undergone specialist training in supporting survivors of sexual violence and who have received additional specific training in how the churches respond to abuse cases, the way in which faith and church-related settings have been used to carry out abuse, and the issues affecting people who have had or still have, a relationship with the church. You can contact the Safe Spaces team by:-

Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)


A live chat service is also available through the Safe Spaces website – Safe Spaces England and wales – Safe Spaces England and wales

The Safe Spaces team are available through their helpline and live chat service on:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am-6pm and Thursday: 12pm-8pm

  • NSPCC– For adults concerned about a child 0808 800 5000
  • ChildLine– For children and young people on 0800 1111
  • Action on Elder Abuse helpline 0808 808 8141
  • 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
  • NAPAC– Offer support and advice to adult survivors of childhood abuse 0808 801 0331
  • Stop It Now – preventing child sexual abuse 0808 1000 900
  • Cruse – bereavement helpline 0808 808 1677