Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Safeguarding: promoting a safer church

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.

Our commitments:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture;
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults;
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation;
  • Caring pastorally for victims and survivors of abuse or other affected persons;
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons;
  • Responding to those who may pose a present risk

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of abuse, is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a safeguarding advisor, or if necessary report the matter to the local authority social care services or the police without delay. Suitable people to contact, advice lines and helpful websites are listed below.

Safeguarding contacts at LSM:

Local safeguarding contacts:

  • Rebecca Boswell, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
    07904 487912 (9am – 5pm Monday – Friday)
  • Sharon Gage, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Officer
    07507 741295 (9.30am – 2.30pm Monday – Thursday)
  • Lisa Pearson, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Officer
    07990 581267 (9am – 5pm Monday – Thursday)
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
    Children's Social Care 0345 045 5203
    Adult Social Care 0345 045 5202
    Out of hours (children or adults) 01733 234724

National safeguarding contacts:

It is free to call any of the following numbers from any landline or mobile connected to a UK Network.

  • Childline support and advice for children 0800 1111
  • NSPCC for adults concerned about children 0808 800 5000
  • Stop it Now
    for adults concerned about their own or another's behaviour towards children 0808 1000 900
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline and 
    Voice UK helpline for learning-disabled victims of crime 0808 2000 247
  • Hourglass (formerly Action on Elder Abuse)
    working to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older adults 0808 808 8141
  • NAPAC supporting recovery from child abuse 0808 801 0331
  • Samaritans waiting for your call 116 123
  • Family Lives listening, supportive and non-judgemental 0808 800 2222
  • Police 101 (but in an emergency when someone may be in danger call 999 or 112)
    If calling from a mobile or outside the Cambridge area please ask to be connected to
    Cambridgeshire Police.

Parish Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding Officer's Annual Report