St Mark’s Church safeguarding policy documents:

2019 Safeguarding Children
2019 Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
2019 Policy for responding to Domestic Abuse

Contact Details for St Mark’s Safeguarding Officer:
Pauline Banks Tel: 01462 635336 or 07932 152531

Contact details for Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser:
Jeremy Hirst, Holywell Lodge, 41 Holywell Hill, St Albans, Herts, AL1 1HE
Tel: 01727 818107 or 07867 350886 Email:

What To Do If You Have A Safeguarding Concern

If you have a concern about an individual’s physical, sexual or emotional well-being, it is your responsibility to seek advice and support from St Mark’s Safeguarding Officer or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

Dos and don’ts for handling a disclosure


✅ Remain calm, approachable and receptive
✅ Take it seriously
✅ Listen carefully, without interrupting
✅ Acknowledge you understand how difficult this may be
✅ Offer reassurance – it is the right thing to tell someone
✅ Tell them what will happen next
✅ Make a written record of exactly what has been said and when
✅ Report


❌ Promise complete confidentiality
❌ Asking leading or probing questions
❌ Investigate
❌ Discuss with people who do not need to know
❌ Delay in reporting the disclosure to St Mark’s Safeguarding Officer or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser