Safeguarding

Caring for Children and Vulnerable Adults

The Parish of the Ascension’s Safeguarding Policy for children and vulnerable adults is available to read and download HERE


The Parish of the Ascension in all its churches is committed to safeguarding all those who attend the worship and other activities that we offer. Safeguarding promotes the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and includes all actions to protect them from harm.
• The Parish of the Ascension follows recommended safeguarding practice in recruiting, training and supporting our ordained and lay ministers, our employees and our volunteers.
• We follow the House of Bishops’ Policy statement, ‘Promoting a safer church‘ (2017) and guidelines from the Diocese of Ely.

Parish Safeguarding Contact

Any concerns can be discussed in confidence with our safeguarding officer, Ank Rigelsford, who can be contacted at the parish office or by phoning 01223 315000 or 01223 368150.

Other Safeguarding Contacts

Rebecca Boswell, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 01353 652731 /  rebecca.boswell@elydiocese.org

Sarah King, Diocesan Safeguarding Officer: 01353 652735 / sarah.king@elydiocese.org

Children – are you worried about a child or yourself?

Cambridgeshire County Council Children’s Social Care 0345 045 5203 (office hours), 01733 234724 (out of hours)

Childline (24-hour helpline support and advice for children) 0800 1111 / www.childline.org.uk

NSPCC (for adults worried about children): 0808 800 5000 / www.nspcc.org.uk. A free 24-hour service which provides counselling, information and advice to anyone concerned about a child at risk of abuse

Stop it Now/Lucy Faithfull Foundation (for an adult worried about their own behaviour or another’s behaviour towards children): 0808 800 5000 / www.stopitnow.org.uk

Adults – are you worried about an adult or yourself?

Cambridgeshire County Council Adults’ Social Care:  0345 045 5202 Outside office hours, at weekends and on public holidays contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01733 234724

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Voice UK (Helpline for learning-disabled victims of crime): 0808 802 8686

Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141