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Across our benefice we strive to ensure that Church is a safe and welcoming environment for all, and take our care of the vulnerable very seriously. We have a dedicated experienced safeguarding team and we pray we offer the appropriate pastoral support for everyone in the care of the benefice.

We have adopted the policies recommended by the Church of England (below) and undertaken appropriate training as testament to this care and follow current guidelines and protocols advised to us by the Diocese of St Albans. Further local details are provided in every church. Doicese policies and documents can be found here.


We hope that every person visiting any of our churches finds it accesible and feels safe. And when joinung us for worship you experience a warm welcome, hospitality, kindness, the love of God and a sense of peace. We aspire to achieve this based on our Christian beliefs in the care of our neighbours as ourselves.

If you have a safeguarding concern you wish to report please contact one of the following:

The Rector:
James Sawyer - 01763 289258

The Benefice Safeguarding Officer:
Jayne Denham - 07921 789740

Your local church Safeguarding Coordinator (see church notice board).

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Jeremy Hirst

Tel: 01727 818107 / 07867 350886.


If you suspect immediate danger or harm, do not hesitate to call the Police on 999.


• NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

• Childline: 0800 1111

• Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900

• NAPAC: 0808 801 0331

• Samaritans: 116 123

• Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

• National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

• Action On Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141

Local Authority Social Services:


Children Schools & Families team:

During & outside office hours: 0300 1234043

Non uregnt Police Contact:

Hertfordshire Police: 0845 3300 222


If you wish to discuss any concerns about the policies or procedure within the church please contact the Rector.


If you wish to be in touch for pastoral care please do make contact with the rector – 01763 289258 or email the office here.

Please find below our Safeguarding Policies that were originally adopted at the APCM April 2017 and updated and ratified in April 2019. 

Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Domestic Abuse Policy


The Vicarage 

Great Hormead 



SG9 0NT 

01763 289258