Our ethos

At St Francis’ we strive to be a friendly and welcoming church: to individuals, and to families groups of all types and compositions.  We welcome Christians of all ages and denominations, as well as those exploring the Christian faith or seeking God, to worship alongside us.

However we are ever mindful that we can all be fragile, vulnerable or anxious at some time in our lives.  For this reason, and conscious of both our moral, our ethical and our legal obligations to respect and care for one another, we take very seriously our safeguarding responsibilities, and particularly to those who may be vulnerable in whatever way.

We are committed to following the guidance of the Church of England, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, in the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone, of all ages and capabilities, within our Church Community, and also any others while they are in contact with our Church.  We are also committed to adopting and implanting best practice conduct and procedures in these areas.

Our Safeguarding Policy

To this end we have a Safeguarding Policy which our Church Council reviews annually.

Since April 2016 our Safeguarding Officer has been Dr. Helen Kelso who is the first point of contact for all Safeguarding issues.  Contact her on

For a summary of our Policy please click Safeguarding Declaration March 2019 and our Safeguarding Policy Statement 2019.

The latest versions of our more detailed policies and codes of practice for safeguarding Children and Young Persons, and Vulnerable Adults are available by clicking these links:

2018 Parish CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY St Francis September 2018 final pdf  for the safeguarding of children and young Persons; and

2018 Parish ADULT SAFEGUARDING POLICY St Francis September 2018 final pdf  for the safeguarding of vulnerable adults.

Our Statement on Domestic Abuse and Violence is: Church Statement on Domestic Abuse and Violence – 2019.


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