We take the safeguarding of both children and vulnerable adults very seriously and we are committed to the protection, nurture and safeguarding of all our members, especially those at risk. All of our leaders undergo DBS screening and regular mandatory training in child protection and safeguarding protocols. We do all we can to provide a happy and safe environment for our children, young people and adults and our Safeguarding Policy is reviewed regularly and appears below.

Holy Trinity, Broadstairs

Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement

This parochial church council has adopted the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Church of England and endorsed by the Diocese of Canterbury.

In particular we are committed to:

  • ·        The safeguarding of all children, young people and vulnerable adults

  • ·        carefully selecting and training paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, using the Disclosure and Barring Service amongst other tools, to check their suitability

  • ·        responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed

  • ·        cooperating fully with the police, local authority and any other appropriate statutory body in any investigation

  • ·        ministering appropriately to anyone, child or adult, who has experienced abuse

  • ·        extending pastoral care to those known to have offended against children or vulnerable adults whilst ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are protected from them

We have appointed …Lesley Miller Tel: (01843) 853717 and   

Sharon Moull (RNC Tel: (01843) 600578

as the Parish Safeguarding Coordinator(s)

Approved by the Parochial Church Council on ……………………………………….....

Signed ……Dominic Fenton (Rector)

Date ……6th December 2017……


Signed …Alan Baldwin

Signed….Linda Curtis   

Date ……6th December 2017 

(Church Warden(s))                                                       


Any child wishing to talk about a problem can contact Childline on 0800 1111

Any parent or carer wishing to talk about parenting problems can contact Family Lives on 0808 800 2222

The Parish Safeguarding Coordinator(s) are available to speak with adults or children.





Lesley Miller Tel:

(01843) 853717


Sharon Moull

01843 600578

About Mary Sumner | Founder of The Mothers' Union

Mary Sumner (31 Dec. 1828 - 9 Aug. 1921)

Mary Sumner (31 Dec. 1828 - 9 Aug. 1921)


Mary SumneR (31 December 1828 - 9 August 1921)

1828:   Mary Heywood was born in Swinton, near Manchester, into a wealthy and cultured family. Her father was a banker and a scholarly man. Her mother's family owned land in two counties. Mary grew up in the beautiful surroundings of Hope End, in Herefordshire. Educated at home she spoke three foreign languages and became a very accomplished singer. Yet what she valued most when she reminisced about her family home was its Christian atmosphere.

1848:   Coming from such a home it is not perhaps surprising that George Sumner, the youngest son of Charles Sumner, Bishop of Winchester, fell in love with her when they met in Rome where she was completing her musical education. Married at St James, Colwall, they embarked on 61 years of married life.
For nearly thirty years Mary was fully occupied in bringing up their three children and supporting her husband's ministry, in the parish of Old Alresford near Winchester, by providing music and teaching Bible classes.

1876:   Mary decided that a new organisation was needed in the parish and the first branch of Mothers' Union was begun. She was spurred into action when her eldest daughter gave birth to her first baby. Mary remembered her feelings of inadequacy as a young mother charged with the terrible responsibility for a new life. She believed that women from every class needed to understand that motherhood was a profession and be equipped to perform it. Motherhood involved more than providing for the physical needs of children. The primary responsibility of mothers was to raise their children in the love of God. Mothers could only do this, she believed, if their lives were firmly rooted in prayer.

Her plan for a new form of mothers’ meeting, bringing together mothers of all classes, did not start auspiciously. Having gathered the women of the parish in the Rectory, Mary could not present her ideas due to nerves. She had to call them together again a week later to explain the objects of the new society and to give out simple cards containing practical suggestions.

1885:   Perhaps little more would have been heard of this organisation but for Bishop Ernest Wilberforce of Newcastle. Feeling suddenly that he had little of relevance to say to a women's meeting made up of 1000 poor and anxious women at the Portsmouth Church Congress, he called on Mary to speak. Despite her initial resistance, as at that time respectable women did not address public meetings, she agreed. Painting a picture of the low moral standards in the country, she asked what could be done to improve the national character. Her answer was that the power for change lay in the hands of mothers. If women united in prayer and committed themselves to a Christian life the nation could be transformed.       

The meeting responded to her passion and conviction with a rousing ovation. It was on this wave of public enthusiasm that the Bishop of Winchester decided to make Mothers' Union a diocesan organisation. This decision was destined to change the lives of many far beyond the boundaries of the diocese of Winchester.

1921: On August 9 1921, Mary died at the age of 92. She is buried with her husband, who had died twelve years before, in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral. She is commemorated in the liturgical calendars of the Church of England, Church in Wales and other provinces on the date of her death·       


Spend time reflecting on Mary Sumner’s personal prayeR...

All this day, O Lord,
let me touch as many lives as possible for thee;
and every life I touch, do thou by thy spirit quicken,
whether through the word I speak,
the prayer I breathe,
or the life I live.
— -Amen
Mary Sumner (31 Dec. 1828 - 9 Aug. 1921)

Mary Sumner (31 Dec. 1828 - 9 Aug. 1921)