Safeguarding for Group Leaders
Launde Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Our Safeguarding Co-ordinator is the Revd Alan Humphrey, Chaplain at Launde Abbey. The Warden and Trustees of Launde Abbey agreed new “Policy and Practices for the Safeguarding of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults” in January 2022. Being an independent Charity managed and overseen by staff and trustees who are largely drawn from ordained clergy, Launde’s policy is based upon the “Parish Safeguarding Handbook: Promoting a Safer Church” published by the Church of England. Copies of both are kept in Reception and can also be downloaded by clicking on the links embedded in this text.
If you wish to bring a group to Launde Abbey which includes children (under 16 years of age), young people (under 18 years of age) or vulnerable adults, you will need to:
- Provide Launde with a current copy of your own safeguarding policy. We will keep this on file for future reference should you wish to revisit Launde.
- Complete and sign the Declaration (Appendix B) which forms part of Launde’s policy.
- Complete a Launde Abbey Risk Assessment (docx or pdf).
- Return both the signed Declaration and the Risk Assessment, which will form part of your contractual agreement, to Launde’s Safeguarding Co-ordinator no later than 2 weeks before the start date of your retreat or activity.
Who to contact
If you have concerns about the immediate safety of a child, young person or vulnerable adult:
Report the matter immediately to the Police – 999
or Social Services:
Leicester City Children and Adults Services (all hours) – 0116 454 1004
Leicestershire Children’s Service (all hours) – 0116 232 3232
Leicestershire Adult Services (daytime) – 0116 305 0004
Leicestershire Adult Services (out of hours) – 0116 454 1004
Peterborough Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (all hours) – 01733 234 724
Rutland Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (daytime) – 01572 758 407
Rutland Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (out of hours) – 0116 305 0005
Other useful contact numbers are:
Rachael Spiers, Leicester Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser – 0116 261 5341
Peter Holloway, Leicester Diocesan Assistant Safeguarding Adviser – 0116 261 5241
Julie Foulds, Leicester Diocesan Safeguarding Team Administrator – 0116 261 5360
The Ven Richard Worsfold, Archdeacon of Leicester – 0116 261 5309
ThirtyOne-Eight (all hours) – 0303 003 111
If you have concerns for a child, young person or vulnerable adult who is not in immediate danger:
Revd Alan Humphrey, Safeguarding Co-ordinator for Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults is available to speak to guests, staff and volunteers and can be contacted on 07768 374200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If neither Alan nor Alison are available, contact Rachael Spiers, the Leicester Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, above. More information about Leicester Diocesan safeguarding policies and provision can be found at: https://www.leicester.anglican.org/safeguarding
Are you worried about domestic abuse or sexual violence?
United Against Violence and Abuse provides a helpline for free confidential advice and support for males and females aged 13 and over in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
UAVA can be contacted by phoning 0808 80 200 28.
A service for victims and survivors of church-related abuse
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales, or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role in the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group.
If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have need to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger. Safe Spaces can provide a range of help, including advocating with authorities and other agencies, giving emotional support, providing information (including information on church and police procedures), understanding your needs and working together on individual support plans.