Safeguarding at Blean Church and someone to talk to

At Blean Church we want to make everyone feel welcome and safe. To help with this, Christine Vickerman ( acts as our Safeguarding Coordinator for children and vulnerable adults. Her role includes looking out for those at Blean Church who may need support. She is also available to speak to about any issues or concerns you may have. Follow this link to see her name on our church safeguarding policy, here.

Futher contacts include the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer Paul Brightwell 07398 009951 and Blean Churchwardens ( and


Other Appropriate Ways of Reporting a Concern

If you believe someone is at immediate risk or danger please call 999

You can also report a concern via any of the the Canterbury Diocesan Safeguarding contacts at


Kent County Council services

Main contact: 03000 41 41 41

·        Adult social services & health: 03000 41 61 61

·        Children & Families Information Service: 03000 41 23 23

·        Children’s social services: 03000 41 11 11




NSPCC Helplines:

Help for adults concerned about a child

Call us on 0808 800 5000


Help for children and young people

If you are a young person and need to talk to someone or get advice you can always use Childline  - their phone number is 0800 1111


Safeguarding Policy

The parochial church council has adopted the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Church of England. In particular we are committed to:

  • the safeguarding of all children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • carefully selecting and training paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, using the Disclosure and Barring Service amongst other tools, 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 vulnerable adults whilst ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are protected against them


Volunteers at Blean Church

Every volunteer who helps with children and youth work and who undertakes pastoral care duties (as a member of the Pastoral Group) is recruited in accordance with Diocesan Guidelines. We run regular vulnerable adult and child protection training for those involved. Please contact the Church Office if you wish to help with the children and youth work or be involved in other ministries and we'll put you in touch with the right people.