Holy Trinity, like all Churches, is a place where everyone should feel welcome, no matter what they have done, or what has been done to them.
The terrible failures of the Church in the past, the abuse of which priests and others were guilty, and the the failure properly to punish the guilty and protect the innocent have diminished the sense of safety everyone who enters a Church is entitled to.
That past teaches us that talk is cheap. It is all very well our claiming to be a safe place. Instead, these are the things we have done.
- Everyone who is employed or who volunteers at Holy Trinity requires a statement from Disclosure and Barring Service.
- Everyone who is employed or who volunteers at Holy Trinity is required to read the Church’s safeguarding policy, and undertake training in safeguarding matters.
- We have appointed a Parish Safeguarding Officer whose entire professional life was given to safeguarding and child protection, and who is responsible, with the parish priest, for reviewing the Church’s safeguarding arrangements.