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At St Mary’s, Haverhill and St Mary’s, Withersfield, we are committed to safeguarding the welfare of all people, including children and vulnerable adults, and follow the latest guidance issued by the Government, the Charities Commission and the Church of England’s House of Bishops. Please download our policy on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, which also includes our policy on the safer recruitment of employees and volunteers.

If you have a concern that someone connected to these churches is at risk of harm or abuse, or is harming or abusing others, please contact one of the following people:

  • Jane Eccleston, Parish Safeguarding Officer
Charlotte Kalinsky, Deputy Safeguarding Officer (Haverhill)
  • Karen Williams, Deputy Safeguarding Officer (Withersfield)
  • The Revd Max Drinkwater, Priest-in-Charge
  • Karen Galloway, Diocesan Safeguarding Officer.

Any information shared will be treated respeectfully and confidentially. A record of the conversation may be made and shared with other statutory agencies as appropriate. There is further information from the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, and you can also seek advice and report a concern with the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership.

In an emergency or where there appears to be immediate risk of harm, contact the police on 999.