Safeguarding statement

The eight parishes that comprise the Hunstanton and Saxon Shore Benefice are committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults to worship and grow in Christ safely.

As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us - whether ordained, employed or voluntary members - to work together to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse or harm.

We seek to uphold the highest safeguarding standards in our relationships with people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations.

Here is a link to the Safeguarding Statement published by The Diocese of Norwich where you can find the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor's contact details and details of how anyone can report a concern.

Policy documents

All of the Parishes that form the Hunstanton and Saxon Shore Benefice have confirmed and signed the following two documents produced by the Diocese of Norwich:
Safeguarding Principles Policy - Children and Young People in the Church
Safeguarding Principles Policy - Adults at Risk (Vulnerable Adults)

Furthermore, all of the parishes that form the Hunstanton and Saxon Shore Benefice have also confirmed and signed the Church of England’s Safeguarding policy for children, young people and adults - "Promoting a Safer Church"

Local Contact information

Here are the contact details for the Parish Safeguarding Officers (previously called Named Persons) appointed by the Parochial Church Council of each of the Parishes within the Hunstanton and Saxon Shore Benefice and who, together with the Church Wardens, have signed the two Safeguarding Principles Policy documents referred to above.

St. Mary's, Brancaster
Churchwarden: Janet Lake
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Catherine Golding
Phone: 01485 210438
St. Mary's, Burnham Deepdale
Churchwarden: Verily Borthwick
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Catherine Golding
Phone: 01485 210438
St. Mary's, Holme-next-the-Sea
Churchwarden: Ann Rossington
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Sandra Betterton
Phone: 01485 525159
St. Edmund's, Hunstanton
Churchwarden: Paul Wood
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Gary Langham
Phone: 07840 101810
St. Mary's, Old Hunstanton
Churchwardens: Steve Rimmer & Paul Baisbrown
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Henk van Welsenes
Phone: 01485 533628
St. Andrew's, Ringstead
Churchwarden: John Crofts
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Jenny Martin Smith
Phone: 01485 525394
All Saints, Thornham
Churchwarden: Janet Needham
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Janet Needham
Phone: 01485 512460
St. Mary's, Titchwell
Churchwarden: Susan Bradshaw
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Janet Lake
Phone: N/A

Bishop's Office Contact information

If you have a safeguarding concern or questions about a child or vulnerable adult, you can always contact direct the Bishop's Safeguarding Adviser,
Sue Brice on 01603 882345 - email:
or on 07958 377079 - email:
Postal address: Bishop's House, Norwich NR3 1SB

If you are a child or young person who is anxious or afraid,
you can call Childline free on 0800 1111 or go to the Childline website.

This page last updated 3rd December 2021