Safeguarding and Privacy

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable adults

At St Matthews we take it very seriously that we must be a safe and welcoming place for all. We ensure that all engaged with children and vulnerable people have the required DBS certification and training.   The PCC have adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a safer church: Safeguarding policy statement’

We believe that:
– everyone should be treated with dignity and respect
– the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, is paramount
– we need to be transparent and open in all that we do
– we all take responsibility for the care and protection of the children, young people and adults involved in our church activities.

If you see or know something that concerns you, please share it with our clergy, nominated Safeguarding Officers or Church Wardens.

Priest-in-Charge:   The Revd Canon Sue Brewer 07930 492323

Parish Safeguarding Officer and Churchwarden:   Helen Cooper  07745 420055

Churchwarden:   Alison Robinson


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Privacy laws in the UK changed on 25th May 2018.

The new General Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives you more control over how your personal information is used and makes it easier for you to check and update any information we hold about you.

As far as St Matthews is concerned, any information we hold will, in the main, amount only to contact details such as your name, address, phone numbers and email address.  By keeping your details up to date, we can keep you informed of church activities and information which may be of interest or useful to you.  We will ask your permission before we hold your personal information.

We make sure that we use and store your data safely and securely.  Information is held only by church members having a legitimate need to do so, for example, but not exclusively, convenors of church groups, Messy Church leaders, those visiting or doing administration for baptisms and funerals and weddings, the Church electoral roll officer, and those preparing duty rotas.

Your information is held only on password-protected computers, or hard copy information in a locked filing cabinet, by authorised individuals.

All personal information will be kept for church use only and will not, in any circumstances, be passed to third parties. Your information will be erased as soon as it becomes redundant, no longer relevant or out of date.

GDPR gives you a number of legal rights to control what we do with your information.  For example, you can ask us to tell you what information we have about you, correct or update information that is wrong, or ask us to stop using your information.

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure with us, remains confidential and accurate, and is used only for the purposes of ensuring better communication between the church and those we serve.

If you would like further information or explanation of any of these points, please contact the Priest-in-Charge:   Revd Canon Sue Brewer