Saint Michaels Church works hard to safeguard children and young people, vulnerable adults and those in abusive relationships. We aim to create safe environments, where children and young people are nurtured and protected; and where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.

We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and Church of England policy and practice.

We act promptly on any complaints made, and work in close partnership with police and social care services where children or vulnerable adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment.

We provide safe recruitment, training and support to our voluntary workers with children and vulnerable adults.

We care for those who have been abused in the past, and minister appropriately to those who have abused. 

The Parish Safeguarding Officer for Children is Marjorie Critch-Higham (email )

The Parish Safeguarding Officer for Young Adults and Vulnerable Adults is Fiona Heppleston (m: 07751741832 e: )

The Diocesean Safeguarding Officer  is Abbey Clephane-Wilson Mobile 07436 589606 Office 0161 828 1451

The Parish Safeguarding Handbook March 2019 can be downloaded here

Further information may be found on the Diocesan Safeguarding pages at