We know that the Church of England has not always had a good record on safeguarding but it has taken significant steps in recent years to ensure children and other vulnerable people are kept safe.

At St John's we feel strongly that children and other vulnerable people need protecting from any kind of abuse or exploitation when they spend time with us.

All our volunteers go through a careful selection process. They are trained to recognise safeguarding issues and know how to act appropriately in the event of any disclosure.

We have appointed the following people to our safeguarding team:

Mandy Allen
(Parish Safeguarding Officer)
Penny Sholl
(Parish Safeguarding Officer)
Clare Au
(Safeguarding administrator and adviser)
01303 264724 01303 259596 07766462777

Our safeguarding team is available to speak with adults or children.

In the first instance you can contact: Mandy Allen or Penny Sholl.  If not available Clare Au.

Any child wishing to talk about a problem can also contact Childline on 0800 1111

Any parent or carer wishing to talk about parenting problems can also contact Family Lives on 0808 800 2222

We work in partnership with Canterbury Diocese to safeguard the vulnerable. 

Click here to see how the Diocese deals with safeguarding.  


Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement

The parochial church council (PCC) of St John the Baptist, Folkestone, has adopted the Church of England safeguarding policies, protocols and procedures. 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 concern or complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed
  • co-operating 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 from them.

Click here to download our full Safeguarding Policy