If you are visiting our Safeguarding page and there is immediate risk or danger please contact the police by telephone on 101.

You can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) by email at

Alternatively, you can contact our Vicar the Rev’d Tony Hand by email at or telephone 01723 501305.

Our approach to Safeguarding:

Safeguarding is at heart of our Christian faith, which means at St Laurence’s Church we take action to promote a safer culture for everyone, in all we do.

The welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is at all times paramount and take precedence over all other considerations.

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:

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.

How we work to achieve this

We follow guidance from the Church of England in Promoting a safer Church which can be found here –   

We are also guided by guidance from the Diocese of York Safeguarding team which can be found here –

Our Parochial Church Council (PCC) the trustees who care for all aspects of life at St Laurence’s, agrees and reviews annually our safeguarding policy which can be found here – St Laurence`s Church Safeguarding Policy summary

Day to day, we practice Safer recruitment for all volunteers and employees inline with the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy.

PCC members complete Basic Awareness, Foundation and Domestic Abuse safeguarding courses. Those involved in recruitment complete a Safer Recruitment and People Management course. Church Wardens,who are always PCC members, also complete, Leadership Safeguarding courses

All volunteers who are involved with children are supported in receiving Basic Awareness Level training.

Many others as members of the church are also supported in receiving Basic Awareness Level Training such as our welcomers and those organising events and activities.

There is further training which is mandatory in other roles and the Parish Safeguarding Officer monitors this as training needs to be refreshed every 3 years.

The following contact details give additional points of contact for anyone needing help with reporting a safeguarding concern or who is seeking support in relation to a safeguarding matter.

Rob Marshall York Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor 01904 699524

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership 0300 1312131

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Board 0300 1312131

Childline 0800 1111

NSPC 0808 800 5000

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood 0808 801 0331

Stop It Now! 0808 1000 900 Live chat and secure messaging is available online

Action on Elder Abuse 0800 0699 784