SDR Churches – Benefice Safeguarding


We take Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously in this Benefice.

All our leaders have Enhanced DBS clearance and undergo Safeguarding training.

There is a dedicated telephone line for Safeguarding issues. This number is checked regularly, so if you have a concern, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The Telephone number is: 07398 609343

A copy of our Benefice Safeguarding Policy can be found here

For access to the Parish Safeguarding Handbook click here

Our Safeguarding team

Our Safeguarding Links team, who work in conjunction with the Rector are:
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Chris Holwell
The Safeguarding contact for Stanton and Dale Abbey is Chris Holwell
The Safeguarding contact for Risley is Sonia Jones

The Diocese of Derby is currently undertaking the Church of England’s Past Case Review 2 (PCR2)

Protocols and practice guidance for PCR2 have been published and are here on the National Church of England Website

Individual survivors who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process in the Diocese or who need to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Safeguarding Team on 01332 388678.

However, recognising that this may not feel safe for those with experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated national helpline – 0800 80 20 20 – operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, was set up in September 2019 and remains available.

Survivors and victims can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England context; whether they are reporting issues relating to children, adults or seeking to whistle blow about poor safeguarding practice. Survivors were not invited to contribute to the 2007-2009 PCR and the Church has wanted to ensure a different, trauma informed approach is taken by PCR2. Listening to survivor voices has helped to shape how this review will be conducted.

SDR Churches – Benefice Safeguarding Flowchart

The Diocese of Derby have specific procedures to follow should you have safeguarding concerns. These are helpfully explained in a flow diagram which you can view or download and print by clicking on the thumbnail image of the flowchart.