Safeguarding the welfare of both children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with the church is a vitally important part of ministry. 

The PCC has appointed Jane Wardale and Denise Evans as the Parish Safeguarding officers.  They are responsible for making sure that policies and procedures are followed to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are cared for properly.  As part of this they manage the recruitment of volunteers, including obtaining Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.  They can be contacted about any safeguarding concerns at

Volunteering to work with children and young people
It is important that we know a little bit about those who volunteer to work with children and young people at St Peter and St Paul’s, so when you take on a role with one of our children or youth groups you are asked to complete an application form and Confidential declaration form, and to apply for DBS clearance. 

You will find a guide to the process, and copies of the forms, below.

Advice and Guidance

The Good Practice Guides to working with Children and working with Vulnerable Adults are an excellent source of information on safeguarding and child protection

For a summary of what to do if you have concerns about a child or adult who is vulnerable, see the

Essential Documents

The PCC has approved the following policies:

To record a safeguarding issue, use the following form

The Diocese of Oxford Safeguarding Handbook can be found by following this link:




Training in good safeguarding practice is an essential part of equipping our volunteers with the skills and knowledge to ensure the safety and care of children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with the church.


We offer training at 2 levels, depending on the volunteer role being undertaken.


Basic Awareness Training


This is an e-learning module, which provides a good grounding in the issues relating to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.  It is recommended for all individuals within our church community who need or wish to have a basic awareness of safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults


To access the training module go to: You will need to register, by clicking ‘create new account’ in order to access the training module.  Once you have registered, click on ‘online courses’, and then go to CO Safeguarding Basic Awareness.


When you have completed the training course, please let the Parish Safeguarding Team know that you have done so, by emailing   so that we can update our records.


Foundation Training


This training is compulsory for all volunteers who are working with children, young people or vulnerable adults in our church.  We offer this training in a face to face session at regular intervals.


Safeguarding Training should be updated every 3 years.