Child Protection

The Diocese of Ely are committed to safeguarding children.  Those that wish to work with children will have to hold a current DBS (formerly known as CRB).

If you require assistance with this, please contact your local Safeguarding Lead: Christine Hale, 01553 810385 07523133120 or for Immediate concerns only – 07955188560

Child abuse. What is it?

Section 47 of the Children’s Act 1989 refers to a child suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Suffering from significant harm means that child abuse is happening in the here or now. Likely to suffer significant harm means that it is very likely in the immediate future that a child will come to harm.

There are several different types of child abuse (harm) which can be defined into the following 4 categories. Please note that a child is defined in law as a person being aged under 18. 

Physical Abuse. 

Physical abuse consists of hitting, slapping, shaking, throttling, poisoning, biting a child. In short, any physical attack which causes a child to suffer harm is defined as physical abuse.

Emotional Abuse 

This consists of name calling, bullying, making a child feel unwanted, unloved or to make a child feel that they only serve the purpose of another (making them feel subordinate).


This is the failure to meet a child’s basic needs either by way of withholding warmth and affection, providing a sanitary home environment, food or shelter.

Sexual Abuse 

Sexual abuse consists of making a child perform a sexual act for the sexual gratification of another. Sexual abuse includes making a child engage in vaginal/anal/oral sex, inciting a child to perform a sexual act on themselves or another whether this be a child or adult. Applying pressure to make a child take photographs/videos of themselves partly or fully naked, posing sexually, performing sexual act on themselves or another.

Child Sexual Exploitation. 

Child Sexual Exploitation is more commonly referred to as CSE. Exploiting a child means that a child is used for someone else’s’ gain but the child may not recognise what they are being asked to do is exploiting them in some way and therefore see what is happening to them as a sign of affection or being part of a gang.

Often children will be asked to perform sexual favours and in return, be given gifts such as a new pair of trainers, clothes, drugs or alcohol. Generally speaking. these “gifts” are things that are out of the child’s reach due to a low income household, single parent family, or multiple child household.  However, not all “favours” will result in children having to perform a sexual act. Children can be asked to sell conceal and sell drugs or commit criminal offences.

Please see the below video for more information in regards to this type of abuse.

Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (CSODS)

It is possible to ask Norfolk Constabulary to complete a Child Sexual Offender Disclosure Scheme (CSODS) check. This check enables a person who has concerns that a child/ren may have contact with a person who Marty be a sex offender. These checks are free and the identity of the applicant is never revealed to the parent or guardian of the child. Checks can be requested by any person, however, if police checks reveal that the person having contact with a child/ren is a risk to them, disclosure will only be made to the parent or guardian of the child. The disclosure will be given so that the parent/guardian is able to take steps to protect their children from further harm.

Who do you contact if a child is suspected or believed to suffer significant harm?

If you feel that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm please contact Norfolk Children’s Services or the Police immediately. Children’s Services are contactable on 0344 8008020 or alternatively a link to Norfolk Children’s Services as below

For further advice and assistance with Child Abuse Investigations, please contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or email 

or Child Line 0800 1111 or via 

Church Safeguarding Contacts:

The Diocese of Ely Designated Safeguarding Lead for our local churches is:

Mrs Sue Crumpler 01553 406520 or 07745389624 (St Mary Magdalen only).

Mrs Donna Pindar 078144 19684 or (Tilney St Lawrence, Tilney All Saints, Terrington St Clement, Wiggenhall St Germans).

Otherwise please contact Reverend Martin Dale 01945 880259 or