Most of the time at church we are like a big happy family. However even in very happy families people can have a bad day and even people we know and trust can upset us. We try to make sure that people who have jobs in the church always behave well and in a way that is helpful to you. We never want anyone or anything in church to frighten you, confuse you or worry you. It is important that you tell us if something is upsetting you or if you are feeling worried about something that's happening or something somebody is doing. We have specially trained people who you can talk to and who you can ask for help. These people are good at safeguarding. This means they look after everyone's safety. Caring for people is a very important part of our Christian life. The people who can help you are your parish priest or the parish safeguarding officer. You can contact the safeguarding officer or the Chaplains (details above). If you wish to speak to someone outside the church you can contact the diocesan confidential telephone line +44 (0)207 898 1163 and leave a message as to your concerns. The Diocesan Safeguarding Team will get back to you as soon as possible. The diocese will then ensure that the concerns are properly investigated and will let you know what the outcome is. In addition it is of course your right and duty as a citizen to inform the local law enforcement agencies where you believe a criminal offence has been committed.
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