Avon Valley Partnership and is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of our churches.

The Benefice subscribes to the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church; safeguarding policy statement’

A signed copy of the Safeguarding Statement for each Parish of the Avon Valley Partnership is available to view in the Church Office.

The Benefice Safeguarding Officer is  Melvyn Beynon    01425 653163

The Safeguarding Officer for the Christchurch Deanery is   Revd Canon Gary Philbrick  01425 653163

If you have any concerns relating to a particular church, you may contact the following via the Church Office on 01425 653163 or :

Breamore:  Malcolm Turner (PCC Secretary)

Fordingbridge:  Ian Newman (Churchwarden) or Nigel Spratt (Churchwarden)

Hale and Woodgreen:  Catherine Haworth (Churchwarden)

Hyde: Heather Clark (Churchwarden)  or Martin Ings (Churchwarden)

If you are concerned about the wellbeing of a child, young person or vulnerable adult, you should contact :

999   Police for anyone at immediate risk

01962 737317  Diocese of Winchester Safeguarding to register a concern during office hours.  Alternatively you can email

0300 555 1373  Hampshire Out of Hours service if you need immediate help or advice (Monday to Friday 6pm to 8am, weekends and Bank Holidays)

0800 1111   Childline – counselling for children and young people

The Benefice subscribes to the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church; safeguarding policy statement’


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A Safeguarding Prayer

Lord Jesus we praise you for calling us to the service of others. 
We pray for a generosity of spirit to ensure the vulnerable are protected.
We pray for a compassionate heart so that we will reach out to those who are wounded by abuse.
We pray for courage and determination as we seek the safety of everyone in our parish communities.
We dedicate ourselves to this work of service and pray that you will help us to do your will at all times and in all places.