Safeguarding is part of our core faith and an integral feature of Christian life in our parish churches.
In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy the Chapel Royal Brighton is committed to:
The overarching aim of safeguarding at the Chapel Royal is to manage any issues through informed vigilance. It is the responsibility of all members of the congregation to be watchful in ensuring the safety of all members of the Chapel Royal community, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults.
The Safeguarding Policy statement and Expressing Safeguarding Concerns document are displayed in the church.
If you believe that anyone, regardless of age, is in imminent danger contact the emergency services immediately on 999.
If you have a concern that is not an emergency, report the matter to either Chapel Royal’s safeguarding officer Mrs. Angie Lynn, or our priest Fr. David Biggs.
If you feel uncomfortable speaking to either of them, please approach any member of the Chapel Royal team you feel able to.
If you are reporting a concern about anyone other than yourself, for the sake of the privacy of the person concerned, please do not speak to more than one person.
If you are not comfortable reporting a matter in person, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, under no circumstances ignore a concern.
There are organizations that can offer you support if you are a victim of abuse. Your details will be kept confidential, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger.
You do not need to have reported the matter to the church, or police, to get support.
If you are a child, or young person, and you are worried about anything — it does not have to be abuse — you can call Child-line 24 hours a day.
If you are concerned about the well-being of a child or young person, you can call the NSPCC 24 hours a day.
Safe Spaces is a free, independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to Church of England. It is run by the charity Victim Support.
If you are struggling to cope, and you need someone to talk to, you can speak anonymously to the Samaritans, 24 hours a day.
You will find more sources of specialist support on the Church of England’s website.