If you have a concern about or receive a concern from someone, do not keep it to yourself. Please do speak to any of the clergy or the Team Safeguarding Officers:

Kim Sutton 01985 851876 / 07867 538985

We in the Upper Wylye Valley Team recognise the vital importance of safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults who visit our church and events.

We believe that "every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God's own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God's re-creation of us in Christ" (House of Bishops' Policy 'Promoting a Safer Church').

In following Christ's command "that you love one another as I have loved you" (John 15:12) we are recognising and valuing all people as bearing the image of God, and therefore we must protect them from harm.

The PCC's of our churches take seriously their role in safeguarding every person, yet it is not their sole responsibility. as 'Promoting a Safer Church states': "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" (House of Bishops' Policy 'Promoting a Safer Church').

Therefore, we promote and make available all the adopted safeguarding policies through our website, hold hard copies in the Rectory at Sutton Veny, and can provide a hard copy upon request.

To ensure we are doing all we can to protect and safeguard those who visit the churches in our group, the PCC's of

  • St John The Evangelist, Sutton Veny
  • St Augustine of Canterbury, Upton Lovell
  • All Saint's, Norton Bavant
  • St Peter, Coford
  • St Peter and St Paul, Heytesbury
  • St Margaret of Antioch, Knook
  • St James the Apostle, Tytherington
  • St Cosmas and St Damian, Sherrington
  • Codford, St Mary
  • The Blessed Mary, Boyton

have adopted and implement the following safeguarding policies:

House of Bishops' 'Protecting All God's Children', The policy for Safeguarding Children in the Church of England, 4th Edition, 2010

House of Bishops' 'Promoting a Safe Church', Policy for safeguarding adults in the Church of England, 2006

House of Bishops' 'Promoting a Safer Church', The Church of England's Safeguarding Policy for Children, young people and adults, 2016

Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment, 2016

Expressing Concerns and ‘Whistleblowing’

Management of ex-offenders 2018

Responding Well to domestic abuse practice guidance, 2017

Responding Well to those who have been sexually abused practice guidance, 2011

Responding to Safeguarding Concerns or Allegations that relate to Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults practice Guidance, 2018

All the above policies and practice guidance can be found on the Church of England Website:

For further safeguarding information, policies and guidance, please take a look at the Diocesan and Church of England safeguarding webpages:

Our Parish safeguarding officers are: Kim Sutton 01985 851876 / 07867 538985

Details of the Diocese's Safeguarding Training Package for C1 and C3 courses are here

Download this for more details: Promoting a safer church policy.  

Diocese of Salisbury Safeguarding Advisors:

Suzy Futcher works 9am-5pm, Monday-Thursday inclusive. Suzy is the first point of contact for urgent safeguarding advice from 9am-9pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 9am until 12pm on a Wednesday (via mob 07500 664800), after which she will handover to Jem Carter as below.  Email:

Jem Carter works 9am-5pm Tuesday-Friday inclusive.  One day a week is also spent providing dedicated Safeguarding support to the Cathedral.  Jem is the first point of contact for urgent safeguarding advice from 12pm on Weds through until 5pm on a Friday.  He is also available on an ‘on call’ basis until 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings (via mobile 07469 857888).  Email:

An external Safeguarding service provider ‘thirtyone:eight’ provides out of hours cover from 5pm on a Friday until 8am the following Monday – Tel 0303 0031111.

As of 1st of April 2021, the operating hours of this helpline are being reduced by the provider.  Over the weekend period this cover will be reduced to between the hours of 7am and 12midnight.  Between 12midnight and 7am, anyone calling this service with an urgent enquiry will be advised via a voicemail message to contact the Emergency Services.  Those calling with a non-urgent matter nature will be advised to call back during these new hours of operation.  A separate email further detailing these changes is also being circulated to you.

If you have any more routine enquiries in respect of Safeguarding we have also set the following generic account so if this is easier for you or you can’t remember who is on what day then please feel free to send an email to this account.  It will ensure you get a response regardless of the day of the week or if for example one of us was on leave.