If you are concerned…

that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Andrea Swearman or our Vicar, Revd Canon Marion Russell (details below).

Alternatively, report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

Local contacts to speak to if you have any concerns:

Parish Safeguarding Officer: Andrea Swearman

Vicar of St Mary’s: Revd Canon Marion Russell

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Team

Local Authority Social Care Services

Skipton Police Station

The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.

St Mary’s Church, Embsay welcomes children and young people and wants them to be safe when they are on church premises or attending a church run event. We also recognise that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives. To this end, the PCC has adopted the Diocese of Leeds, Promoting a Safer Church’ 2017.

The Promoting a Safer Church document sets out the safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults’ policy of the Church of England. It has been informed by the Joint Safeguarding Statement between the Church of England and the Methodist Church. This document can be accessed here:

For more information about safeguarding and safeguarding training please see our Safeguarding leaflet