St Mary’s Lymm takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at

If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues of a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at

The Diocesan Vulnerability and Safeguarding Officer is Pauline Butterfiled Contact 01928 718834 email pauline.butterfield@ who can be contacted regarding all safeguarding issues

St Mary’s Safeguarding Officer is Chris Scott
telephone 01925 755976

St Mary’s Policy on the Safeguarding of Children and Adults in the Church

This statement was adopted by St. Mary’s, Lymm at a PCC meeting held on Monday 5th March 2018 and was reviewed and approved at PCC Meeting 4 March 2019

This Policy will be reviewed and approved each year to monitor the progress which has been made.

  1. We recognise that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives
  2. As members of this parish we commit ourselves 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 promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
  5. The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of children and adults at risk.
  6. It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of vulnerable people and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
  7. We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with children and adults at risk.
  8. The parish is committed to supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work amongst people who may be vulnerable.
  9. The parish adopts the guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese of Chester.
  10. Each person who works with vulnerable people will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.
  11. All authorised clergy, Safeguarding Officer licensed readers and lay workers, churchwardens and PCCs have ‘due regard’ to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops (including both policy and practice guidance).