We take safeguarding children and adults at risk very seriously, taking great care over recruitment and training. You can read the national guidelines and church policy we follow.
If you have concerns about someone's welfare, the care provided, or if something at church isn't right, we would love to hear from you. A form for logging a concern can be downloaded here and returned to our safeguarding officer.
Safeguarding Officer for St Matthew’s Church
Tel: 01223 363545
If you prefer, you can speak to those outside our church who hold us accountable.
Rebecca Boswell, Safeguarding Advisor for Ely Diocese
Tel: 07904 487912, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding Duty Phone: 01353 652747
St Matthew's is overseen by Rt. Rev. Rob Munro, the Bishop of Ebbsfleet, an evangelical Bishop. He can be contacted here: email@example.com.
Other external organisations that offer support:
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused by someone in a church or as a result of their relationship with a church.
Cambridgeshire Children's Services: 0345 045 5203 (out of hours : 01733 234724)
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board: 0345 045 5202, out of hours: 01733 234724
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Adult Services: 0345 045 5202
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.
Cambridge Women's Aid Safe Refuge 01223 460947 Community Support 01223 361214
Restored Help for survivors of domestic abuse and advice for churches.
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)