Safeguarding

 

Welcome to the Ashford Town Parish Safeguarding Page

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Ashford Town Parish is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community. We realise that it is important to give due focus to this important area.  We are committed to following legislation, guidance and recognised good practice, and the following links provide you with access to this.

The Ashford Town Parish Policy Statement can be found here

The Diocesan Guidelines can be found here

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Anita Sorrell and can be contacted on 07849 903378 or on safeguarding@ashfordchurches.co.uk

Other Contacts: Childline: 0800 1111 Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

The BBC has confirmed it is screening a documentary on the Peter Ball case – Mon/Tues Jan 13/14, BBC 2 9-10 pm. The programme is billed as ‘Exposed: The Church’s Dark Secret’

We have supported a number of people, at their request, who have given interviews to the programme, but no official comment has been requested from the Church. The abuse perpetrated by Peter Ball, who was convicted in 2015 and died in 2019, was a grievous abuse of trust and the Archbishop of Canterbury commissioned a review into the Church’s handling of the case, which was carried out by Dame Moira Gibb. Her report, An Abuse of Faith, was published in 2017 and the Church has subsequently responded to the Gibb recommendations 

The case was also the subject of one of the IICSA hearings into the Anglican Church in England and Wales (see page 2).

Anyone who maybe affected by the programme should contact Emily Denne Emily.denne@churchofengland.org or go to our page on survivor support services .