The Benefice of St Dunstan, St Mildred and St Peter, is committed to providing a safe place for everyone within our church community - and especially children, young people and vulnerable adults.  All clergy and volunteers involved with children or vulnerable adults in the three churches comply with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy. 

The Church of England Safeguarding Handbook can be found here.

The Benefice Safeguarding Coordinator is the Reverend Jo Richards. She has responsibility for ensuring that all people in our parishes who are undertaking work, or having any unsupervised contact with children and vulnerable adults, are trained in accordance with the requirements of the Church of England. She is is supported by a Jeanie Armstrong, the Safeguarding Officer at St Dunstan's and John Morrison, the Safeguarding Officer at St Peter's and St Mildred's.  Contact details for all three can be found below.

More information about the Church of England's commitment to safeguarding can be found here.

For safeguarding information from the Diocese of Canterbury, click here.

This section gives further details on DBS and  Safeguarding Training.

Safeguarding Team - who to contact

Contact any of the Safeguarding Team or churchwardens by phoning the Benefice Office 01227 786109 or email the Benefice Office, or use the Contact Us form.  Alternatively telephone one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers 

Canterbury Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors

In ensuring high standards of practice in safeguarding, we are supported by the Diocese of Canterbury's safeguarding team. The Safeguarding Advisers are qualified and experienced social care practitioners who can provide advice and guidance to parishes and others in the diocese on child and adult protection. They can offer advice, discuss any protection matters and clarify anything in the Deanery Guidelines.

Paul Brightwell
T: 01732 384734 / 07398 009951

Fiona Coombs
T: 01227 459401 / 07548 232395

For information on organisations that provide support with Safeguarding Issues please click here