St Johns’ is committed to providing a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all, including children and adults who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. 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 church community. The Parochial Church Council takes the requirement to ensure the safety of everyone extremely seriously. 

If you have a safeguarding concern please raise it immediately with the Parish Safeguarding Officer or the Vicar.

St John the Baptist West Byfleet Safeguarding Policy

A copy of the church’s Safeguarding Policy is provided below, which should be read in conjunction with the Guildford Diocese Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guide and the Church of England Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance. 

St John the Baptist PCC endorsed the safeguarding policies on 13th May 2019
Guildford Diocese Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guide
Church of England Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guide

Parish Handbook

The St John the Baptist Church Parochial Church Council has formally adopted the Parish Handbook . Please click here to see a copy.

The House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church; Safeguarding Policy Statement’

The Statement is signed at the start of every new year by the new Parochial Church Council. Please see the copy for 2018/9 below:
Parish Statement of Safeguarding 2018

Safeguarding in the parish – who’s who?

Parish Safeguarding Officer
Jo Pritchard Parish Office 01932 342263

Revd Chris Hollingshurst Tel: 01932 400198

The Guildford Diocesan Safeguarding Representative
Ian Berry  Tel: 07544 566 850

If you are concerned that someone is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from the Parish Safeguarding Officer, the Vicar or the Diocesan Safeguarding Manager using the contact details above.

If you need advice or to report a concern outside normal office hours, please ring one of:

Ian Berry, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor 0754 456 6850 Surrey
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 0300 470 9100
Out of Hours Service 01483 517 898

If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult may be at immediate risk, please contact the police 999.