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Community & Safeguarding


While the church service represents the focal point for our worship of God, it is only by building a wider Christian community that we can fulfil our obligation to the teachings of Christ and to the wellbeing of our fellow Parishoners.  Indeed, Regular worship might be a very good foundation for Christian life, but by founding groups and societies we can better engage with our fellow Christians, our neighbors, and worshipers in the world beyond. 


In Gawsworth Parish we are foturnate to have our own Choir, a charity dedicated to the upkeep of the Church ('Friends of Gawsworth Church'), a volunteer program, a 'Prayer Book Society', to name but a few of our community organisations. 


Everybody in our Church Family is welcome to get involved or even propose new organisations to further build our community.   


We take the safety of our children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously. We want to do the best we can to make sure that everyone who takes part in any of our groups or activities is as safe as they can be. We believe that safeguarding is everybody's responsibility.


If you are a child, young person or vulnerable adult and are worried about anything, you can talk to:

  • the person running the activity

  • one of people under Contacts at the bottom of this page, or

  • someone outside the church such as Childline by ringing 0800 1111 or clicking its logo on the right.


If you think that a child, young person or vulnerable adult may be in immediate risk of harm, you should contact the police on 999 (emergency) or 101 (less urgent).


Otherwise, please speak to one of the people under Contacts at the bottom of this page.



Our policy

We follow the Church of England's Safeguarding policy and practice guidance in promoting a safer church. 


If you volunteer to work with children or vulnerable adults, we will therefore ask you to undertake an online DBS check.  This is free of charge and likely to take under 30 minutes.  We'll also need to see three forms of personal ID.  The process normally takes a week.


We aim to offer training to all our Safeguarding volunteers regularly.




If you have any questions or concerns, you should talk to:-


  • Rupert Richards -  Deputy Safeguarding Officer. 

    • ​tel:01260 223456


St James the Great takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England's robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at

If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues of a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at

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