Quick Reference Guide
What to do if you have concerns about possible
1. Consult the person to whom you are
2. Decide together whether to seek advice or to make an
3. Keep a record of what happened, your concerns and your
4. Tell your minister and/or safeguarding
5. Only tell others who need to know. In an emergency
Responding to a child, young person, parent or other
adult who shares with you about abuse
1. Never promise to keep a secret.
2. React calmly; be aware of your non-verbal
3. Don't stop someone who is talking freely about what has
4. Don't ask leading questions.
5. Reassure the person they have done the right thing by
6. Avoid making comments or judgements.
7. Tell the person what will happen next.
8. Record using the person's own words and noting any
important dates and times.
9. Report to the person to whom you are responsible, your
minster and/or safeguarding representative.
Remember good practice
Treat everyone with respect, setting a positive
Respect people's personal space.
Ensure your actions cannot be
Challenge unacceptable behaviour in a constructive
Do not put yourself or other people in vulnerable
Do not have inappropriate physical contact with
Always share safeguarding concerns.
Useful Contacts and
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Connexional Safeguarding Team
Tel. 020 7467 5189
District Safeguarding Officers
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
Social Media Guidelines
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is
dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means
we are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and
bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership
with local and international forces.
is a useful website for anyone with concerns about child sexual
abuse. The Stop it Now! campaign operates a confidential freephone
helpline for any adult with concerns including those worried about
the sexual behaviour or another adult towards
children, those worried about their own thoughts or behaviour
towards children and those concerned about the worrying sexual
behaviour of a child or young person.
www.parentsprotect.co.uk is a child sexual
abuse prevention and awareness website which helps parents and
carers do the best they can to protect their children from sexual
abuse. The site is a useful resource of information, guidance and