Welcome to the website for the Parish of Spofforth with Kirk Deighton

(including Follifoot and Little Ribston)


Our policy for Safeguarding children, young people and adults



The Safeguarding Policy and its associated guidelines are intended to protect children and vulnerable adults in the Church and community. By ‘safeguarding’ we mean the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults whilst they are visiting, volunteering or working for the Church.

Children are assumed to be persons under the age of 18 as defined by the Children Act 1989.

The term vulnerable adult refers to any person aged 18 or over ‘who is, or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness and who is, or may be, unable to take care of him or herself to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation.’  An adult can become vulnerable at any time.

We have adopted “Promoting a Safer Church”, The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy Statement


Safer Church Policy Document  (See below to download)


Local Support


There are people within our Parish that can help if you have a concern. Their contact details and further information can be found in the documents shown below.



Promoting a Safer Church Poster (See below to download)

Safeguarding Policy Statement  (See below to download)



You can also find details of our Churchwardens along with other useful contacts on our Useful Contacts page.


The Diocese of Leeds and all parishes within it adopt Church of England policies and practice guidance relating to safeguarding.


Further details about safeguarding within the Church of England can be found by using the link below, including information about how to report abuse and find support:


Church of England safeguarding information

link to https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding

Promoting a Safer Church.pdf
Safer Church Policy document
Parish - Safeguarding Poster.pdf
Promoting a Safer Church poster
Parish Safeguarding Policy.pdf
Safeguarding Policy Statement