Higham, Holton St Mary, Raydon, Stratford St Mary

Four churches united by God and his people

  • The Rectory
  • Hadleigh Road
  • Raydon
  • Suffolk
  • IP7 5LH

07947 737789
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The Benefice has adopted the House of Bishops' 'Promoting a Safer Church'.  Details can be found on the following website:


The Benefice Safeguarding Officer is Martin O’Brien. His contact detail are as follows:

Tel. 07964 543718

Email: martinobrien@orwellpark.org

A copy of our policy is shown below:

Parish Statement of Safeguarding

Benefice of Higham, Holton St Mary, Raydon and Stratford St Mary


Priest with Pastoral Charge: The Reverend Manette Crossman


Parish safeguarding officer: Mr Martin O'Brien.


This parish recognises that the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is paramount and that we have a duty of care when they are in our charge. We will do everything that we can to provide a safe and caring environment whilst they attend our activities.


We will:

�� Treat all children, young people and vulnerable adults with respect and celebrate their achievements

�� Recruit and select all those working with children, young people and vulnerable adults on our behalf in accordance with Diocesan Safer Recruitment procedures

�� Provide a code of conduct for all staff to include the assessment of risk for key roles when working with children, young people and vulnerable adults

�� Respond to concerns and allegations without delay in accordance with Diocesan Safeguarding procedures.



When there is a disclosure of harm or there are concerns about the welfare of any children, young person or vulnerable adult, all adults in our church community are expected to share their concerns and allegations with the parish safeguarding officer or the parish priest. Any referrals should be made without delay to Suffolk County Council Customer First - 0808 800 4005 (Freephone from landlines and some mobiles). If a child, young person or vulnerable adult is at risk of immediate harm, the police should be immediately informed – 999.



All allegations against staff or volunteers should be referred to Diocesan Safeguarding Officer (07785 621319) by the parish priest. 

If the priest is implicated then the churchwarden should be informed and, following Diocesan procedures, inform the Diocesan Bishop (01473) 252829 without delay.

The parish safeguarding officer is responsible for:


�� Helping to ensure that all those who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults on behalf of the parish or benefice are aware of the Diocesan Safeguarding procedures. These are available from the Diocesan Website https://www.cofesuffolk.org/promoting-a-safer-church

�� Helping to ensure that all those who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults receive diocesan safeguarding induction or raising awareness training, as appropriate.