The leadership of St Matthew’s Church, Cambridge  are committed to the safeguarding of children and adults who may be at risk of harm. As a church we follow the guidelines laid down by  “Promoting a Safer Church” The House of Bishops Policy 2017 and have our own policy you can see here.  

We want to communicate that the care and protection of children,young people and adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the St Matthew's Church.

Our commitments:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting, training and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/ survivors of abuse or other affected persons
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concern/allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk. 

Contact Information
Claire Mason is Safeguarding Officer for St Matthew’s Church.
Tel: 01223 363545, email

If you prefer to speak to someone outside the church then please contact the
Rebecca Boswell, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
Mobile: 07904 487912, email:
Safeguarding Duty Phone 01353 652747

Other sources of help and support
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children's Services: Cambridgeshire tel: 0345 045 5203, out of hours (Cambridge & Peterborough):01733 234724

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board:, tel:0345 045 5202, out of hours: 01733 234724

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Adult Services: tel: 0345 045 5202

Bishop Rod Thomas   01342 834140

National Contacts
Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm) 

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