A Statement from the Diocese of Guildford, November 2020
Are you a survivor or victim of church related abuse? Could you help the Diocese of Guildford to learn from the past and protect the future?
The Diocese of Guildford is currently reviewing all its records, across all 162 parishes, to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and allegations have been identified, reported, and appropriately actioned. Critical to this, is the voice of survivors and victims. The Diocese of Guildford wants to listen to and to learn from your experiences and ensure that your voices are heard throughout this review process.
Anybody who would like to give information or make disclosures about church-related abuse is asked to contact Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Jackie Broadfoot (firstname.lastname@example.org 07918 559387).
The Diocese recognises that coming forward may be extremely difficult. Two confidential listening services have been set up, for those people who have experienced church related abuse but who might want to talk through their experiences and feelings before taking any next step. To find out more about the support available click here.
Bishop Andrew, Diocesan Bishop for the Diocese of Guildford explains why we are doing this: “It is important we do everything we can to make our churches the safest places they can be. Safe means different things to different people but this review will help us to ensure that the concerns reported to our churches have been dealt with properly, and the care taken and the support given is of the high quality that people rightly deserve. We have learnt from a previous review that that survivors' and victims’ voices are critical, and I would urge you to come forward.”
St John’s takes all safeguarding matters very seriously. We follow the safeguarding Policy and Practice guidance issued by the Diocese of Guildford.
The Safeguarding Officer is Julia Foster, to whom all safeguarding matters should in the first instance be referred. She can be contacted via the Parish Office.