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Safeguarding Review

Those of us who have seen the recent documentary on how the Church of England failed the victims of Bishop Peter Ball's abuse will be struggling to reconcile our faith in the institution with the faith it proclaims. As part of its ongoing response to previous failures, and alongside all other dioceses in the Church of England, the Diocese of Oxford is undertaking a comprehensive safeguarding review of past cases. Clergy are required to check back through their parish records to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and allegations involving clergy or church officers have been reported to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. As part of this we ask anyone who has any concerns or memories about a past event involving clergy or church officers that may not have been recorded or dealt with properly at the time to speak in confidence to the Rector or our Safeguarding Officer: Lesley Wickham in Prestwood or Val Gristwood in Great Hampden. You can find out more about this process on the front page of the Oxford Diocesan Website (www.oxford.anglican.org). We understand this process may bring back painful memories for some. If it does and you're able, please talk to us. If you aren't comfortable with that there is an independent helpline 0800 80 20 20 – this is a number set up by the NSPCC, and it is operated independently by them.


This parish is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church community. The parish Safeguarding Policy can be seen here. Our Safeguarding Officer is Val Gristwood.