Here at St Leonard's we take the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously.

If you have any concerns about the safety of a child, young person or vulnerable adult please contact Rosie Dracott our Parish Safeguarding Officer on

Ali Marshall can be contacted on
B Pearce can be contacted on

You can view our Safeguarding policy summary here:

  • If you are a child and you need to talk to someone about things that are happening to you that you don’t like, please click on this link which takes you the Childline website, or telephone Childline on 0800 1111
  • If you are an adult and you need to access support about something that is happening to you, please click on this link to find out how you can do that. Scroll down to find links to various support organisations for you to contact.
  • If you need to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, please click on this link.
  • If you need to report a safeguarding concern to the statutory authorities in Sussex, please click on this link, click on the option on the left that most describes the situation you are concerned about, and follow the advice and further links you find there. Please remember to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as well once you have contacted the statutory authorities.

Policy on safeguarding of Children and Adults

  1. We recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults in need of support to protect them from harm and exploitation and protect their rights.
  2. We are committed to respectful, pastoral care for all children and adults to whom we minister.
  3. We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.
  4. We commit ourselves to the promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
  5. We are committed to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.
  6. We acknowledge it is the responsibility of all of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of children and vulnerable people and to report any such abuse that we may discover or suspect.
  7. We are committed to exercising proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with children and vulnerable people.
  8. We are committed to supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work with people who may be vulnerable.
  9. We adopt the guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese.
  10. Every person who works with children and vulnerable people will agree to abide by the recommendations and guidelines established by this church.



The Diocese of Chichester Safeguarding Policy should be read in conjunction with this document. It can be found at:


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the safeguarding team:


Parish Safeguarding Officer, Rosie Dracott –

B Pearce –