Safeguarding at St John’s

We at St John’s are committed to ensuring that we offer a sincere welcome within a safe environment for all who belong and worship here. Our aim is that together we grow in our knowledge, service and likeness of the God who in Jesus, sacrificed Himself to save the world.

Ensuring a safe environment means that we pay particular attention and take special measures to protect those who are particularly vulnerable such as Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults. We have policies for each of these groups and our safeguarding policies can be found here. We take the safety of everyone very seriously and expect that everyone will work within the church’s safeguarding policy. 

Though particular people bear formal responsibility for Safeguarding, each of us also shares a common and general responsibility for ensuring that we maintain a safe environment. This is how it works – firstly formally, and then how we expect each person within St John’s to contribute:


Contact information

Parish Safeguarding Officer
Sue Clegg
0121 422 8914 |

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Steph Haynes
07342 993844 |


Formal responsibility


Leonard Browne (Vicar of St John’s Harborne)

Leonard Browne holds formal responsibility for safeguarding at St John’s.


Sue Clegg (Parish Safeguarding Officer, PSO)

All safeguarding responsibility is exercised through our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Sue Clegg, who liaises with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor and Statutory authorities as appropriate.


Jon Tattersall (Associate Vicar of St John’s Harborne)

Leonard Browne has delegated day to day liason with Sue Clegg and Jon Tattersall on safeguarding matters.


Parochial Church Council (PCC)

The PCC have a duty of care for the protection of the vulnerable by ensuring that safeguarding processes and actions are in accordance with the published policies.  Safeguarding is an agenda item at every PCC meeting.


Leaders of Ministry Areas

The leaders of each ministry area are responsible - with advice and input from the Parish Safeguarding Officer – that all activities they are leading are undertaken safely and in accordance with the church’s safeguarding policies. Safeguarding concerns and incidents are to be raised with the PSO and the Associate Vicar as appropriate.  


Volunteers and assistant leaders in each ministry area are responsible for providing information so that the PSO can obtain a DBS (Disclosure and Barring) Certificate prior to their taking up their role. They are also required to attend Safeguarding Training at a minimum every three years, to report any safeguarding concerns or incidents to the ministry lead and/or to the PSO and to maintain a safe setting for their work under the leadership and direction of the ministry leader. 

Find out more about DBS Certificates and Safeguarding Training.


Everyone’s responsibility

Although we have put robust safeguarding policies with specified responsibilities and procedures in place, everyone at St John’s has a part to play in keeping one another safe and protecting others from harm and accidents. Firstly, that means that we are mindful of the possible effect on others of our actions, behaviour or words.  What we intend for good or may seem innocuous to us, may be interpreted or received differently by others. Developing a sensitivity to others in this way is a value we want to encourage. Secondly, if we see or hear something that causes us safeguarding concern, either for ourselves or for others, then we have a responsibility to raise that and to seek clarification or advice or, if necessary, for others to take action. Here’s how you do this and who you should go to:

What to do if you have a concern:


Refer directly to the emergency services (999) AND inform and discuss your concerns with the Parish Safeguarding Officer (unless subject to concern), Clergy (unless subject to concern) or speak directly to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.


Inform and discuss your concerns with the Parish Safeguarding Officer (unless subject to concern), Clergy (unless subject to concern) or speak directly to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.


Inform and discuss your concerns with the Parish Safeguarding Officer (unless subject to concern), Clergy (unless subject to concern) or speak directly to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

For more information please refer to the ‘Raising Concerns and Incidents’ Policy.

Confidentiality and openness

Although we share a common commitment to ensuring that St John’s is a safe place for all, in the interests of justice and of honouring one another, many safeguarding matters are sensitive and need to be dealt with confidentially. That said, we want safeguarding to be as transparent and open as possible and as is appropriate. With this in mind, we have made available the results of the Learning Lessons Review and St John’s PCC Statement that was undertaken in 2018 concerning a historical safeguarding matter.

A statement explaining the context of the Learning Lessons Review has previously been included here but this was removed after six months as the information within it was only helpful and informative in the immediate period of the LLR being made public. The details of the Redacted Summary Report and the details of the PCC response and actions on the recommendations made in the LLR can both be viewed from the links in the paragraph above.

With regard to that statement there were two inaccurate references to the reasons for and timing of the publication by the C of E Birmingham Safeguarding Committee of the summary report. We apologise for this, which was due to a genuine mis-remembering of the chronology of events.

Together we want St John’s to be a safe and vibrant church family where everyone can thrive and that personally and corporately, we live out and make God’s love known in the world around.  We invite you to take your place and play your part!