The Churches of the Canalside Benefice take their responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times. 

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Benefice Safeguarding Representative, Stella Wilkes, on 07590 410245, email

"There will be no need of a safeguarding policy in heaven, but here on earth, where sin abounds, it is an important way that we can endeavour to provide a safe space at all times, so that the Holy Spirit is able to work.”

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers,

Suzy Futcher works 9am-5pm, Monday-Thursday inclusive. Suzy is the first point of contact for urgent safeguarding advice from 9am-9pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 9am until 12pm on a Wednesday (via mob 07500 664800), after which she will handover to Jem Carter as below.  Email:

Jem Carter works 9am-5pm Tuesday-Friday inclusive.  One day a week is also spent providing dedicated Safeguarding support to the Cathedral.  Jem is the first point of contact for urgent safeguarding advice from 12pm on Weds through until 5pm on a Friday.  He is also available on an ‘on call’ basis until 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings (via mobile 07469 857888).  Email:

An external Safeguarding service provider ‘thirtyone:eight’ provides out of hours cover from 7am and 12midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.  Between 12midnight and 7am, anyone calling this service with an urgent enquiry will be advised via a voicemail message to contact the Emergency Services.  Those calling with a non-urgent matter nature will be advised to call back during these new hours of operation. 

 Safeguarding Contacts 2023

Safeguarding and good practice Oct 2019

Benefice Safeguarding Policy 2023

Safeguarding Flowchart 2023 

Parish Safeguarding Handbook (Cof E document) 

Letter from our Archbishops

Bishop Nicholas asked that this letter from Archbishops Justin and John on the importance of safeguarding is available to everyone to read. Click Archbishops' letter.