Safeguarding in the Theydon Parishes

The parishes are committed to uphold the national Safeguarding policies of the Church of England and practices of the Diocese of Chelmsford as we aim to be a safe space where all people can be made welcome, and valued after the example of Jesus Christ.


We share the commitments made by the Church of England: that we seek to promote a safer environment and culture by: -

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults within the Church
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons 
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others


The Parish Safeguarding Officer is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child, young person or vulnerable adult.  For St Mary’s Theydon Bois, please contact Andrea Crombie, and for All Saints Theydon Garnon, St Mary’s Stapleford Tawney or St Michael’s Theydon Mount please contact John Chaplin.  They can all be contacted by telephone on 01992 814725 or by email to (with "Safeguarding" in the subject line)


The Theydon Parishes are part of the Diocese of Chelmsford.  For further information about Safeguarding in the Diocese of Chelmsford click here.  The Parochial Church Councils of the Benefice have adopted the House of Bishops’ Promoting a Safer Church Safeguarding Policy Statement which can be found here.


For information about the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and Safeguarding contacts in the Diocese of Chelmsford click here.  To report a concern to the statutory authorities about a child or vulnerable adult living in or connected to the area that makes up the Theydon Parishes click here.


If you believe that somebody is in immediate risk of danger or harm you should call 999 and ask for the police