St Mark’s Church Highcliffe 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 activities at St Mark's is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church

Parish Safeguarding

The PCC adopts in full the contents of The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy for Children, young people and adults, “Promoting a Safer Church”. (July 2017)

Policy Statement (PDF download)

We are committed to:

• The safeguarding of all children, young people and adults at risk of abuse.
• Carefully selecting and training paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with children of adults at risk of abuse.
• Using safer recruiting and using the services of the Disclosure and Barring Service where appropriate, to check their suitability.
• Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed.
• Cooperating fully with the police, local authority and any other appropriate statutory body in any investigation.
• Ministering appropriately to anyone, child or adult, who has experienced abuse.
• Extending pastoral care to those known to have offended against children or adults whilst ensuring that children and adults are protected from harm.

Safeguarding Contacts

St Mark's Safeguarding Officer
Mrs Susan Lyonette. 079763 65369
Rev Veronica via email at or by phone message on 07921 514096.


If you have a Safeguarding Concern

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 Church Safeguarding Officer using the contact details above.
Diocesan Safeguarding Manager Jackie Rowlands
office: 01962737317  mobile: 07921865373

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