The Church of the Good Shepherd is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
As a church we recognise that our work with vulnerable adults, children and young people is the responsibility of the whole church community.

In February 2017 the Church of England (House of Bishops) approved the Promoting a Safer Church Policy Statement outlining 6 safeguarding commitments for implementation in dioceses and parishes. These commitments now form the foundation for all current and future safeguarding policies and practice guidance documents. 

Our PCC has adopted the following safeguarding policies:

Some of these documents are in the process of being updated. You can find the latest information on the diocesan website below:

As a church we undertake to select all our workers with care, to support them and to provide appropriate training for them. We also undertake to receive any complaints seriously and respond to them promptly.

We have appointed a Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO), Doris Rudd, to oversee safeguarding within our church. She is supported by our Assistant PSO, Marian Rudall, and a small safeguarding team. For more information please contact Doris on email:

If you need to speak to someone urgently then please contact:

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Case Management) 
Ian Berry
Phone:   07544 566850

You can also speak to our Vicar, Revd Russell Smart, on 01252 543789 or email

Further information about safeguarding can be found on the diocesan website: