The Parish of Swaythling is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community.

Immediate Risk
If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult may be at immediate risk, contact the Police on 999

Local Contact Details for Designated Persons:
Swaythling Parish Safeguarding Officer: Helen Parker
Phone: 023 8055 4231 (Vicar)

Diocese of Winchester Contact Details: Registering a Concern
01962 737317

Out of Hours Service
If you need immediate advice or help on Monday to Friday 6pm – 8am or on weekend and Bank Holidays please call 0300 555 1373
The diocesan information on safeguarding may be accessed here:

Links to our Safeguarding Policy and other relevant documents are below:

Parish Safeguarding Handbook (Church of England)
Safer Environment and Activities Guidance (House of Bishops)
Promoting a Safer church (Church of England)
Safer Recruitment eManual (Church of England)


Policies, Procedures and Documentation

01 Safeguarding Policy – May 2024
02 Volunteer Application Form – May 2024 (word document, click to open link)
03 Matrix for Safeguarding and Training – May 2024
04 Safer Recruitment Timeline Policy and Procedures – May 2024
05 Role Descriptions v11.1 – May 2024
06 Policy Statement on recruitment of ex-offenders May 2024
07 Responding to Concerns and Allegations flowchart
08 Code of Conduct Swaythling Parish July 2024
09 Volunteer Reference Form – May 2024 (word document, click to open link)

Safeguarding Referral Form (PDF file)   and   Safeguarding Referral Form (word) (word document, click to open link)


Individual Role Descriptions (for Volunteers):

BCM Pioneer
BCM Worship
Bell Ringer
Childrens Group Helper
Childrens Group Leader
Church Administrator
Cleaner – Employed
Cleaner – Volunteer
DBS Administrator
Flower Arranger
Friday Lunch Club Helper
Friday Lunch Club Leader
Frontline Staff and Volunteers
Garden Volunteer
Licenced Lay Minister or Reader
Pastoral Visit Team
PCC Member
PCC Secretary
Prayer Team
Refreshments – cook or serving food
Refreshments – helper
Safeguarding Officer
Small Group Leader
Thursdays Together Leader
Thursdays Together Volunteer
Transport Volunteer Driver for Adults
Transport Volunteer Driver for Children
Vicar Curate or Minister
Welcome Team Greeting
Worship Team – Organist – Pianist
Youth Group Helper
Youth Group Leader
Church Warden

All Role Descriptions in one document (for Volunteers)
05 Swaythling Role Descriptions v11.1 – May 2024

Click here to access the online volunteer application form
Volunteer Application Form