Commitment to Safeguarding

St Nicholas Bristol is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children within our church community and to encouraging an environment where all people and especially those who may be vulnerable are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.  

We are also committed to the implementation of the Church of England and the Diocese of Bristol’s safeguarding policies and procedures, and the relevant statutory legislation and guidance for the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. For details on our full safeguarding policy click here.

If you have any questions about keeping people safe or are concerned that a child, young person or vulnerable adult has been or may be abused or neglected please inform the Safeguarding Officer immediately.


Zak Verry

St Nicholas Safeguarding Officer

To contact Zak call 0736 778 5681 or


If you would like to speak with someone outside of the church contact Diocesan Safeguarding Officer Adam Bond, on 0117 906 0100 or

For immediate response here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline:
0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours).
Phone if you are worried about a child.

0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours).
Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline:
0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours).
Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline:
116 123 (open 24 hours).
Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline:
080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).

Safeguarding Policy Statement

Every year the Trustees will review and agree the Parish Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy Statement taking into consideration of

Safeguarding Representatives

The Trustees will appoint a minimum of one Safeguarding Representative who will be responsible on behalf of the incumbent and Trustees for implementing the Diocesan policy in respect of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. The Safeguarding Representative agrees to undertake the key responsibilities of the role as outlined in the Diocesan Safeguarding Guide.

Our Safeguarding Officer is Zak Verry (appointed Dec 2018).

Paid Workers and/or Volunteers

All those who undertake work in a regulated activity with children and/or vulnerable adults in the parish on a voluntary or paid basis will be required to:

  • Complete a Confidential Self Declaration Form

  • To complete the necessary vetting application: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The church will seek to ensure that a DBS check is only requested after a risk assessment has indicated that one is both proportionate and relevant to the position (paid or voluntary) concerned. Using the appropriate risk assessment procedures, the following posts have been identified as requiring a DBS check:

  • Youth Leader/Helper

  • Kids Leader/Helper

  • Any ministry where vulnerable adults may attend

  • Social action ministries

  • Students

  • All staff

All Confidential Self Declarations Forms, references and results of DBS checks will be held securely by the church. Declarations and CRB checks must be undertaken every five years, or sooner if the individual moves to a new post, (unless the application was obtained in the previous six months and the nature of the work is similar).

Any person refusing such checks will not be allowed to work with or have unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults at the church.

All those who work with children and/or vulnerable adults on a regular basis will be made aware of and should familiarise themselves with the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, and will be encouraged to attend Diocesan Safeguarding training every three years.

Children’s Activities, Groups and Events

The following children’s, young person’s and mixed age activities have been identified as specific events and activities that fall under the Diocesan Safeguarding Procedures:

  • Kids (Sunday mornings)

  • Youth (Sunday mornings and evenings)

All children and young people wishing to attend the above activities will be need to be registered and consent must be granted by their parents/carers before they take part.

Children who wish to take part in additional events such as church outings, holidays or sleepovers will not be allowed to participate in such activities unless the leaders of such event(s) receive a completed consent form from the parents or guardians of the child concerned, even if the parent or guardian accompanies the child on any such trip or activity.  A new form must be completed for each separate activity.

Consideration will be given at all times for the health, safety and welfare of each child and young person, including supervision ratios, transport, first aid, premises and children with special needs.

Vulnerable Adults Activities, Groups and Events

Consideration will be given at all times for the health, safety and welfare of the vulnerable adult, including transport, first aid, premises and adults with special needs.

There are currently no specific groups, events and activities that fall under the Diocesan Safeguarding Procedures for vulnerable adults.

Hire of Church Premises

All those who book or use the church building on a regular basis shall be required to sign a copy of the parish booking agreement and a declaration that they have read and understand the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, or that they agree to abide by their own organisation’s safeguarding procedures.

Additional links to relevant documents:

  1. Diocese of Bristol’s safeguarding policy

  2. Promoting a safer church

  3. Protecting all of God’s children