At Great Amwell with St Margarets and Stanstead Abbots we recognise that the few who are determined to harm children or adults, deliberately seek out groups or organisations where they can meet children or other vulnerable people. The Church is particularly vulnerable to these people. We as a Benefice are committed to creating and maintaining a safeguarding culture that will discourage them from becoming involved for the wrong reasons, and make it difficult for them to harm or abuse children or adults if they do.

We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officers. Our Diocese’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor who advises our Parish Safeguarding Officers. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact one of our Parish Safeguarding Officers or the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (information below). If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority’s children or adult social care services.

Although safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone here at The 3 Churches Benefice, our Parish Safeguarding Officers can be contacted about any safeguarding matter:

  • St John the Baptist, Great Amwell with St Mary the Virgin, St Margarets
    Lyn Paddon
    01920 487717 /

You can also contact our Benefice Office on 01920 870115 or leave an email using or via the contact form.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor is Jeremy Hirst on Tel: 01727 818107 / 07867 350886 or Email:


Please see our Promoting a Safer Church poster HERE.

View our Policy for Safeguarding Children HERE. View our Policy for Safeguarding Adults HERE.


Other useful sources of information

More information on the Church of England’s National Safeguarding can be found here:

More information about Safeguarding in the Diocese of St Albans can be found here: