Safeguarding plays a major part in our church lives; robust policies and procedures are required to be in place to protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. The central church embodies national safeguarding laws into policies and passes them down to each diocese that, in turn, produce their own policies, guidance material and training for parishes. Parishes are required to develop their own policies, procedures, training plans and records for all safeguarding actions/events and have in place named safeguarding officers.

St Mary's Church recognises its responsibilities for the safeguarding of all children, young people under the age of 18 years, and vulnerable adults regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability and to nurture, protect and safeguard all children and young people taking part in church activities. 

We as a church have a duty to protect children entrusted to our care and all the volunteers and staff working in our groups are checked by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) and are offered regular training in Safeguarding.

Safeguarding Contact

St Mary's Shirehampton Safeguarding Officer

St Mary's Safeguarding Officer is Claire Staynings.

Details of how to contact Claire for advice or to report an incident can be found on the church noticeboard in the porch.

She can be contacted via the a dedicated email address

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

The Bristol Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Adam Bond.


T:  0117 906 0100

M: 07512 145 236

Safeguarding Policies

Policies in place at St Mary's are:

  • child protection

  • vulnerable adults

  • domestic abuse

  • safer recruitment

  • handling of disclosure information

  • fair recruitment of ex-offenders

Please click the links below to access the following policies: