We in the Upper Wylye Valley Team recognise the vital importance of safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults who visit our church and events.

We believe that "every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God's own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God's re-creation of us in Christ" (House of Bishops' Policy 'Promoting a Safer Church').

In following Christ's command "that you love one another as I have loved you" (John 15:12) we are recognising and valuing all people as bearing the image of God, and therefore we must protect them from harm.

The PCC's of our churches take seriously their role in safeguarding every person, yet it is not their sole responsibility. as 'Promoting a Safer Church states': "The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a safer Church for all" (House of Bishops' Policy 'Promoting a Safer Church').

Therefore, we promote and make available all the adopted safeguarding policies through our website, hold hard copies in the Rectory at Sutton Veny, and can provide a hard copy upon request.

To ensure we are doing all we can to protect and safeguard those who visit the churches in our group, the PCC's of

  • St John The Evangelist, Sutton Veny
  • St Augustine of Canterbury, Upton Lovell
  • All Saint's, Norton Bavant
  • St Peter, Coford
  • St Peter and St Paul, Heytesbury
  • St Margaret of Antioch, Knook
  • St James the Apostle, Tytherington
  • St Cosmas and St Damian, Sherrington
  • Codford, St Mary
  • The Blessed Mary, Boyton

have adopted and implement the following safeguarding policies:

House of Bishops' 'Protecting All God's Children', The policy for Safeguarding Children in the Church of England, 4th Edition, 2010

House of Bishops' 'Promoting a Safe Church', Policy for safeguarding adults in the Church of England, 2006

House of Bishops' 'Promoting a Safer Church', The Church of England's Safeguarding Policy for Children, young people and adults, 2016

Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment, 2016

Expressing Concerns and ‘Whistleblowing’

Management of ex-offenders 2018

Responding Well to domestic abuse practice guidance, 2017

Responding Well to those who have been sexually abused practice guidance, 2011

Responding to Safeguarding Concerns or Allegations that relate to Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults practice Guidance, 2018

All the above policies and practice guidance can be found on the Church of England Website:

If you have a concern about or receive a concern from someone, do not keep it to yourself. Please do speak to the Team Rector Rev Trudy Hobson, Team Vicar Rev Clifford Stride or the Team Safeguarding Officers:

Sue Bray 01985 850702

Judy Cooper 01985 840953

Jayne Buckles 01985 851176

For further safeguarding information, policies and guidance, please take a look at the Diocesan and Church of England safeguarding webpages:

Our Parish safeguarding officers are: Sue Bray 01985 850702 and Jayne Buckles 01985 851176

Details of the Diocese's Safeguarding Training Package for C1 and C3 courses are here

Download this for more details: Promoting a safer church policy.