The Parish of Wargrave with Knowl Hill is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community. 

The Parish adheres to the safeguarding policies set out by the Diocese of Oxford, in accordance to Promoting a Safer Church, Recruitment of Ex-Offenders & The Code of Practice for DBS

Read our Parish Safeguarding Policy

To report something to our Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO), please complete the online referral form.  If you have any problems with the online form, you can download a copy and return it to  Alternatively, please directly or contact her on 07769 704647.

Complete the referral form online

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Advisor or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

Our Commitments

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture

  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults

  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons

  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons

  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk

Local Contacts

Should you wish to speak to someone local with any concerns, please contact:

  • Sue Witney - Parish Safeguarding Officer - 07769 704 647
  • Revd John Cook - Parish Vicar - 0118 940 2202
  • Revd Steve Turville - Curate - 0118 901 6720

If there is immediate risk or danger please contact the Police on 999

Useful Contacts

Oxford Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor: Charlotte Wilmshurst - 07443 700159.  Email

Local Authority:

  • Concerned about a child: Wokingham Referral & Assessment Team: 0118 908 8002 (out of hours: 01344 786 543)

  • For concern about a person working with children: Local Authority Designated Officer for Allegations (Wokingham B.C.) - 0118 974 6141, .

  • Concerned about the welfare of a vulnerable adult: 0300 365 1234

Other Agencies Helplines

  • NSPCC Child Protection 0808 800 5000. Free calls & open 24hrs. Phone if you are worried about a child.

  • Childline: 0800 1111. Free calls & open 24hrs. Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

  • Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900. Free calls. Open Monday-Friday, hours vary. For anyone with concerns over child sexual abuse.

  • NAPAC: 0808 801 0331, Free calls. Open Monday-Friday, hours vary. Supporting recovery from childhood abuse.

  • Samaritans: 116 123. Free calls and open 24hrs. Phone if you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

  • Family Lives: 0808 800 2222. Free calls. Open daily, hours vary. Help for wide range of family & parenting issues.

  • National Domestic Violence: 0808 2000 247. Free calls and open 24hrs. Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

  • Action on Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141. Free calls. Open Monday-Friday 9-5pm.

DBS Administration

Certain roles within the parish that involve working with vulnerable groups, including children, require the applicant/holder to have completed a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check before their appointment. This entails a criminal records check of police records, and a check against lists of ‘Barred’ persons. Persons involved in our Parish in the administration of these processes are:

  • DBS Applications Administrator: Rosalyn Lane Heath / Sue Witney

  • DBS Verifier: Sue Witney, Lesley Turville, Christine Walker