Socially distanced seating is available at services. Please wear a face mask or shield in the building if you are able.

Safeguarding at Chapel Royal

Safeguarding is part of our core faith and an integral feature of Christian life in our parish churches.

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy the Chapel Royal Brighton is committed to:

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

The overarching aim of safeguarding at the Chapel Royal is to manage any issues through informed vigilance. It is the responsibility of all members of the congregation to be watchful in ensuring the safety of all members of the Chapel Royal community, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults.

The Safeguarding Policy statement and Expressing Safeguarding Concerns document are displayed in the church.

Emergencies

If you believe that anyone, regardless of age, is in imminent danger contact the emergency services immediately on 999.

Safeguarding Concerns

If you have a concern that is not an emergency, report the matter to either Chapel Royal’s safeguarding officer Mrs. Angie Lynn, or our priest Fr. David Biggs.

If you feel uncomfortable speaking to either of them, please approach any member of the Chapel Royal team you feel able to.

If you are reporting a concern about anyone other than yourself, for the sake of the privacy of the person concerned, please do not speak to more than one person.

If you are not comfortable reporting a matter in person, you can email safeguarding@chapelroyal.church

Please, under no circumstances ignore a concern.

Safeguarding Support

There are organizations that can offer you support if you are a victim of abuse. Your details will be kept confidential, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger.

You do not need to have reported the matter to the church, or police, to get support.

Childline

If you are a child, or young person, and you are worried about anything — it does not have to be abuse — you can call Child-line 24 hours a day.

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline

If you are concerned about the well-being of a child or young person, you can call the NSPCC 24 hours a day.

Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces is a free, independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to Church of England. It is run by the charity Victim Support.

Samaritans Helpline

If you are struggling to cope, and you need someone to talk to, you can speak anonymously to the Samaritans, 24 hours a day.

You will find more sources of specialist support on the Church of England’s website.