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Across our benefice we take our care of the vulnerable very seriously and we hope and pray we offer them pastoral care and enjoyment of church in an environment which is safe for all. We have adopted the policies (below) as testament to this care and to follow current guidelines and protocol as advised to us by the Diocese of St Albans and the Church of England. Further local details are provided in every church.


As a Benefice we firmly hold that all people should be welcome here and we pray that their experience of Church is one of hospitality and deep care. We aspire to achieve this based on our beliefs in the care of neighbour as a fundamental Gospel value.

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.



• 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

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 adopted at the APCM April 2017 and ratified in 2019. 

Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Domestic Abuse Policy


The Vicarage 

Great Hormead 



SG9 0NT 

01763 289258