Safeguarding concerns or allegations
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There are many situations whereby a member of the church may have concerns, or be made aware of concerns, regarding a child, young person and adult.  For example:

  • A child, young person or adult discloses abuse;
  • Someone discloses concern for a child, young person or adult;
  • Someone notices signs of potential abuse of a child, young person or adult;
  • A child, young person or adult makes a disclosure about their own behaviour towards another child, young person or adult;
  • Someone witnesses concerning behaviour during a church activity or during a home visit.

The concern or allegation might relate to someone at church or to someone elsewhere (e.g. at home, work or school).


Initial response

The initial response to any safeguarding concerns or allegations is very important.

The diocesan procedure can be downloaded by clicking here.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team must be contacted within 24 hours of the concern or allegation.

The diocesan team can be contacted during office hours (Monday to Friday) by calling 024 7652 1345 or 07906 627052

The arrangements for contacting the diocesan team at other times can be found below.


Out of office hours

All urgent safeguarding matters relating to children or vulnerable adults, which occur outside of these times should be directed to The Emergency Duty Team on 024 7683 2222 (Coventry), 0121 605 6060 (Solihull) or 01926 886 922 (Warwickshire) or to the police on 999.

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