Safeguarding is the care and nurture of all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults. We recognise that this is the responsibility of the whole church community. Holy Trinity has a clear policy relating to Safeguarding that can be viewed and downloaded here.

The PCC is committed to the diocesan Simple Quality Protects programme and to the appropriate screening, using the Disclosure and Baring Service, and adequate training of all staff and volunteers working with young people and vulnerable adults. Further information about the diocesan programme and the approach of the Church of England to safeguarding generally can be found at https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/whatdoidoif/ and https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/links/, and the diocesan policy on pastoral care for vulnerable adults can be found here.

We are committed to maintaining a safe environment for all members of our community. If you have any concerns about any safeguarding issues please contact our Parish Safeguarding Coordinator, Rod Montague (01444 410453), his deputy, Robyn Brotherton (07887 922307), the vicar (01444 454007) or one of the churchwardens (Kate Berry 01444 455986 or Brian Cutler 01444 412790).

Safeguarding Policies

We have a number of policies related to safeguarding that can be viewed and downloaded from this website:

Safeguarding Policy
Recruitment Procedure
Equal Opportunities
Handling, Safe Keeping and Disposal of Disclosure Information
E-Safety
Expressing Concerns and Whistlebowling
Responding to Safguaring Allegations
Code of Behaviour
Safeguarding Contract

The suite of Safeguarding policies is also maintained in the Church Office and in the Vestry for reference.

How to raise a concern about an adult

If you think the danger is immediate phone the police now on 999!

If it is less urgent, you can either:

  • phone Sussex Police on 101
  • use the West Sussex online adult safeguarding alert form
  • phone Adults’ CarePoint on 01243 642121

Local support for people suffering domestic abuse

IPEH (Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help Service) WORTH Specialist Domestic Abuse Service supports people at high risk of harm or homicide as a result of domestic abuse.

They have teams of IDVAs (independent domestic violence advisors) across West Sussex who work to identify, assess and assist people at risk. If you would like support, or to refer someone for support, use the West Sussex referral form or the contact details below.

Email: DomesticAbuseServicesCentral@westsussex.gov.uk
Tel: 07834 968539 or 033 022 28181

Local support for mental health concerns

How to raise a concern about a child

If you think a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

Contact West Sussex if it is less urgent and you are worried about the welfare of a child or children under 18 years of age living in West Sussex. For example, you may want us to make sure a child is safe or tell us about a child’s general welfare.

Contact West Sussex by:

  • Email mash@westsussex.gcsx.gov.uk
  • Tel: 01403 229900

Phone: 033 022 26664 out of office hours (5.00pm-8.00am weekdays) and for emergencies at weekends and bank holidays (24 hours). When you contact West Sussex you will speak to a qualified social worker.

Alternatively, you can contact the NSPCC

Report abuse: Contact the helpline if you’re worried about a child and speak to one of our counsellors. Call on 0808 800 5000, email help@nspcc.org.uk

For help relating to E-Safety please see: https://childline.org.uk or https://kidscape.org.uk

The Parish Safeguarding Coordinator is Rod Montague (01444 410453).
The Deputy Safeguarding Coordinator is Robyn Brotherton (07887 922307).