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The Parish of Holdenhurst is committed to our responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults who may be at risk of harm.

This Parochial Church Council (PCC) has adopted the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Church of England. 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 complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed

  • Cooperating 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

For further information about safeguarding at St Barnabas and St Johns, please see our safeguarding policy.

Who to contact within the parish:

If you have an issue or a concern that you would like to discuss, please contact:

Sue Hands - Safeguarding officer


Roger Bourne - Church Warden, St Barnabas

Brenda Moore - Church Warden, St Johns

Telephone: (01202) 247588

Revd Andy McPherson - Vicar


In an emergency please dial 999 

To talk to someone outside of the parish, please contact the Winchester Diocese:

Jackie Rowlands, Diocesan Safeguarding Manager


Register a concern – 01962 737317

Out of hours – 0300 555 1373 Monday to Friday 6pm – 8am or on weekend and Bank Holidays

Further information can be found on the Diocesan website here

Further information:

Other key documents which we have adopted as a parish are:

BCP Council:

If you have concerns about a vulnerable adult, phone or email Adult Social Care Contact Centre:

The Contact Centre is open:

  • Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm

  • Friday 9am to 4:30pm

For urgent help out of hours, phone Adult Social Care Emergency Duty Service on 0300 123 9895:

  • Monday to Thursday, from 5pm to 9am 

  • Fridays, from 4pm to 9am on Monday 

  • All bank holidays, including Christmas Day and New Years Day

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Safeguarding Adults Board

Phone 01202 794300 or email

Dorset Police

Call 999 if you think someone is in immediate danger.

Phone 101 to report concerns if you believe that someone is being abused.

Adult Social Care and the Police will then coordinate investigations into alleged abuse.


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