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Safeguarding Policy

The PCC of St Peter’s Church has adopted the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church; safeguarding policy statement’. We believe that safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all those who are vulnerable (children, young people, and vulnerable adults).  We expect all our staff, volunteers, and those who use our premises to share this commitment and value the support of those who worship here in achieving this.

For further information contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors at Diocese of York

The Parish of St Peter’s Church REDCAR



The following policy was reviewed and agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 22nd March 2023.

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to: 

•    Promoting a safer environment and culture.
•    Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the                   church.
•    Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
•    Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
•    Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
•    Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

The Parish will:  
•    Create a safe and caring place for all.
•    Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
•    Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to       recognise and respond to abuse.
•    Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
•    Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
•    Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
•    Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including        notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
•    Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
•    Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate           confidentiality and the safety of all parties. 
•    Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
•    Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

BRIAN HARVEY is our Parish Safeguarding Officer (appointed 27/2/2021) and he may be contacted about any Safeguarding matter on  ‭07970 849004


Churchwardens      Daphne Wood               Christine Harvey

Date:  22nd March 2023

Data Privacy Notice

DATA PRIVACY NOTICE1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

 2. Who are we?

The PCC of St. Peter’s, Redcar is the data controller (contact details below).  This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. How do we process your personal data?

The PCC of St. Peter’s, Redcar complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

 We may use your personal data for the following purposes: -

  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at St Peter’s;

  • To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in the parish of Redcar;

  • To administer membership records;

  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity – St Peter’s Church;

  • To manage our employees and volunteers;

  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);

  • To operate the St Peter’s Church website and Social Media and deliver the services that individuals have requested.

  • To share your contact details with the Diocesan office so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.

4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

  • Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services; process your gift aid donations and keep you informed about diocesan events.

  • Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;

  • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: -

    • the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and

    • there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.

5. Sharing your personal data

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.

 6. How long do we keep your personal data[1]?

We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website [see footnote for link].

 Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

7. Your rights and your personal data 

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCC of St Peter’s, Redcar holds about you;

  • The right to request that the PCC of St Peter’s, Redcar corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date; 

  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCC of St Peter’s, Redcar to retain such data;

  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time

  • The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [Only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means].

  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;

  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]

  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

8. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

 9. Contact Details

 To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact:

The Honorary PCC Secretary –


You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

[1] Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: -

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