Frant and Eridge Parish Office
What’s it all about?
Here at St Alban's, Frant (and at Holy Trinity, Eridge, too) we are committed to providing the highest standard of care regarding the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We do this in accordance with national safeguarding legislation and strict Diocesan guidance.
We have set up policies (see below) and guidelines to enable us to promote safer practices in all church activities.
We also seek to ensure that safer recruitment practice is followed in relation to all volunteers and paid staff. This includes running DBS checks for everyone who offers to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults on a regular basis and/or who has an overall responsibility, in any capacity, for the work we do with children and young people and visiting vulnerable adults.
As part of our safeguarding practice, the churches have a Parish Safeguarding Officer, Roo Froud. Any queries or concerns regarding safeguarding can be directed to them, contact details below.
The following links will take you to websites which contain information and advice that you may need:
If you are a child and you need to talk to someone about things that are happening to you that you don’t like, please click on this link which takes you the Childline website, or telephone Childline on 0800 1111, or type this web address into your browser: https://www.childline.org.uk/
If you are an adult and you need to access support about something that is happening to you, please click on this link (or type this web address into your browser: https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/Ihavebeenabused/) to find out how you can do that. Scroll down to find links to various support organisations for you to contact.
If you need to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, please click on this link. (or type this web address into your browser: https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/contacttheteam/)
If you need to report a safeguarding concern to the statutory authorities in Sussex, please click on this link, (or type this web address into your browser: https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/whatdoidoif/) click on the option on the left that most describes the situation you are concerned about, and follow the advice and further links you find there. Please remember to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as well once you have contacted the statutory authorities.
In addition, the following organisations will be able to offer you advice in respect of any concerns that you may have.
NSPCC: Phone: 0808 800 5000 or go to their website:
Kidscape: Phone: 020 7730 3300 or go to their website:
East Sussex Social Services: Phone: 01323 464222 or go to their website:
[ “thirtyone:eight” is the new name for the Churches Child Protection
Advisory Service (CCPAS).
The new name is derived from the Biblical reference:
“Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who
are vulnerable.” Proverbs 31 : 8 (CEB) ]
Parish Safeguarding Officer
Our various policies and guidelines are incorporated in the following documents: