Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement
The Parochial Church Council of the Parish of The Lighthouse Church (St. Luke’s), Hawkinge has adopted the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Church of England.

In particular we are committed to:

Our Parish Safeguarding Coordinator is Rev. Robert Grinsell

For more information (or to speak with our Safeguarding Coordinator, Vicar or one of the Church Wardens), please contact us via the church office in the first instance.

We work in partnership with Canterbury Diocese to safeguard the vulnerable.

Authorised Listeners are available to anyone in our parish who wishes to discuss their experiences of past abuse. The listener will provide an attentive and attuned ear to help individuals reflect on their feelings, assist in thinking about their next step and generally provide them with support.

The Diocese has appointed a group of Authorised Listeners, all of whom are qualified professionals with counselling experience. They are able to offer up to 4 sessions free of charge. A request for an Authorised Listener should be made via the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers;

 Fiona Coombs 07548 232395

 Paul Brightwell 01732 384734 / 07398 009951

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 Any child wishing to talk about a problem can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or online at

 Family lives

 Any parent or carer wishing to talk about parenting problems can contact Family Lives on 0808 800 2222 or online at


 Let’s talk  PANTS ! NSPCC’s “Talk PANTS” video teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they’re upset or worried. Get together and singalong with Pantosaurus to get the conversation started.