Our benefice works to encourage a safe environment for children and also for adults at risk (previously vulnerable adults) who visit, worship or are employed at at church in our benefice.

The PCC’s of our churches consider the care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of the whole church. Everyone who participates in the life of the church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.

Safeguarding is an integral part of the mission and ministry of the church in this diocese and is in line with the diocese Growing in God strategy. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

It is our policy to:

  • Promote a safer environment and culture

  • Safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility relating those groups who are at increased risk of harm or abuse within the church

  • Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

  • Care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons

  • Care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons

  • Respond to those who may pose a present risk to others.

In order to fulfill the above policy the diocese provides facilities to complete online DBS applications and to provide appropriate levels of safeguarding training in order to raise awareness and create an atmosphere of ‘informed vigilance’.

Our churches align with the policy set out by the diocese of St Edmundbury & Ipswich. For more information please visit or if you have a concern the diocese provides a list of agencies you might like to contact:

In our benefice Hilary Hill is the safeguarding officer for the parishes of Grundisburgh, Hasketon, Burgh and Boulge. Karin Upson for Ashbocking, Clopton, Swilland and Otley. Please contact them on safeguarding matters in the benefice using the form below. (It will be sent to both of them.) You may also contact our Vicar.

However if there is an immediate concern for a person please go directly to the emergency services.