Welcome

Welcome to the Churches of the Downland Benefice.

Nestling behind the South Downs, these four small churches all date back to the 13th century or beyond, and are a joy to visit – places of calm and quiet in a busy world.

Yet the buildings are not our only treasure.

The Downland Benefice Churches are places where you will find a worshipping congregation that is warm and welcoming, and worship that is straightforward but uplifting.

Whether you are interested in the history of our lovely churches, planning a wedding or looking for a place of worship, we can guarantee a warm welcome. The churches are all open in daylight hours, and our patterns of services can be found on this website.

Contact details for church officers and for clergy can be found in the porch of the Church and also on this website. You can contact us by ‘phone on 01273 857456, or you can e-mail us on: downlandbenefice@icloud.com

 

Safeguarding Policy

 In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our churches arecommitted 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 Parishes will:  

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
  • Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties. 
  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Liz Ansell as the Parish Safeguarding Officer.

If you have any church related safeguarding concerns, she may contacted on 01273 857279 or by email  elisabethansell@gmail.com

Incumbent: The Revd Tim Harford   01273 857456