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Jesus Christ said “Let the little children to come to me, and do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” Matthew 19:14

Every child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1990


The Parochial Church Council of Bolton Priory resolved to adopt the House of Bishops’ policy document “Promoting a Safer Church” on the 28thMay 2019.

The policy document may be accessed using this link.

The Parochial Church Council of Bolton Priory resolved to adopt this Safeguarding Policy at its meeting on the 21st September 2021.

The Priory Safeguarding Policy can be seen here.

Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Church of England

The Church of England, its archbishops, bishops, clergy and leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church. Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks. The Church of England affirms the ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding. This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent policy and practice across all Church bodies, Church Officers and that everyone associated with the Church, who comes into contact with children, young people and adults, has a role to play. The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and adults; to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.

The Church of England safeguarding policy statement is based on five foundations and offers six overarching policy commitments:

• Promoting a safer environment and culture

• Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Church

• Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

• Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons

• Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons

• Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

Who to contact if concerned about abuse of any kind at Bolton Priory

Parish Safeguarding Officer – Chris Ray 07415 131926 churchwarden.chris@icloud.com

Churchwardens – Chris Ray 07415 131926; Matt Hey 07964 320791

Rector – Reverend Nicholas Mercer 01756 710326/  rector@boltonpriory.org.uk 

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer Narinder Lyon 07872 005309/01133 530256 narinder.Lyon@leeds.anglican.org

Local Authority Social Services – Craven District Council 01756 700600

Police – if there is an immediate risk or danger dial 999