Heathfield Benefice

The Church of England in Your Community


Wooden Cross on outside of St Richard's Church

In Heathfield Benefice we take Safeguarding seriously. We have two designated Safeguarding Officers whose contact details can be found on the who's who page of this website and each PCC has been achieved Level 1 of “Simple Quality Protects” a kite-mark scheme put together by the Diocese of Chichester to ensure Parishes are adhering to a good standard of Safeguarding Practice. 

Our message is simple “Safeguarding is Everyone’s responsibility” and so if you have a concern you must report it.


Included below are sections for both All Saints' & St George's, and for St Richard's with the relevant Parish Safeguarding Policy documents. You will also find these displayed in all three churches. 

If you are looking for further advice and guidance the Diocese of Chichester Safeguarding website has a lot of information. There are also a number of local and national helplines and website links on the helplines page of our website

IMPORTANT: If you are worried about a Child or Adult who you believe to be in immediate danger, you must contact the police on 999.

Our helplines page lists a number of organisations which you may find useful to seek advice if you have a concern either for yourself or someone you know. 

Looking after your mental health and those around you

You will probably have heard quite a lot in the media in recent months about the impact of the pandemic and lockdown on our mental health. Many of us will know of people who may be struggling with this, but aren't sure how we can help to support them. The team at Together in Sussex has produced a short, animated video with help and advice for those wanting to be able to offer support to friends or family members who may be struggling. You can view the video below. 



All Saints' & St George's Parish Safeguarding documents

St Richard's Parish Safeguarding documents

If you have any queries about Safeguarding in either of our Parishes or you would like to raise a concern, please contact one of our Parish Safeguarding Officers. Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor.