Policies & Safeguarding

Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business

The Church of England and the Methodist Church work in partnership with other Christian Churches and agencies in delivering safeguarding. In doing so the Churches subscribe to the following principles, which, in partnership, Westcott House also subscribes to:

  • Promote a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults within the Church
  • Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
  • Care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Respond to those that may pose a present risk to others.1

Therefore, Westcott House is committed to:

  • The care and nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and all adults
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and all adults
  • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and where they can find support and best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse.

In particular, Westcott House aims to:

2.1 Reduce the risk of significant harm to vulnerable people (children and adults) from abuse or other types of exploitation, whilst listening to and supporting individuals

2.2 Ensure safeguarding is everybody’s business, with this institution playing its part in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse

2.3 Ensure arrangements are in place locally to protect those least able to protect themselves.

Important Contact Details

Westcott House Designated Lead for Safeguarding
The Revd Rachel Rosborough
Email: vice-principal@westcott.cam.ac.uk
Tel: 01223 272975

Westcott House Deputy Designated Lead for Safeguarding
Mrs Emma Jeeves
Email: e.jeeves@westcott.cam.ac.uk
Tel: 01223 272972

The contact details for the local Social Care services:
Cambridgeshire County Council Children’s Services:
Tel (office hours): 0345 045 5203
Tel (emergencies out of office hours): 01733 234724

Cambridgeshire County Council Adult Services:
Tel (office hours): 0345 045 5202
Tel (emergencies out of office hours): 01733 234724

Police (Emergencies): 999
Police (Non emergencies): 101

Ely Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers:

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Rebecca Boswell
Email: rebecca.boswell@elydiocese.org
Tel: 01353 652731/07904 487912

Safeguarding Training and Parish Support Co-ordinator
Sarah King
Email: sarah.king@elydiocese.org
Tel: 01353 652735

Duty phone (emergencies): 01353 652747

The Westcott House full Safeguarding Policy Statement is available to download.


1 https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding#na

Data Protection

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018. The following policy and statements comply with new data protection requirements.

Data Protection Policy

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Westcott House Data Protection and GDPR Policy PDF Download

Privacy Notices

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Westcott House Privacy and Cookie Policy HTML Link
Westcott House Privacy Notice to Job Applicants PDF Download

Federation Policies

In addition to following Westcott House’s own policies, students on courses through the Cambridge Theological Federation need to follow Federation policies and procedures.

Copies of these policies, including the complaints procedure and the student protection plan, can be found on the Federation’s website at www.theofed.cam.ac.uk/policies-and-procedures.

Periodic External Review (PER)

A review team appointed by Ministry Division of the Church of England conducted its six-yearly Periodic External Review (PER) of Westcott House in March 2019.

To view the final published report, the Westcott House Periodic External Review is available to download.

QAA Review for the Cambridge Theological Federation

The final report for the 2019 monitoring visit of the Cambridge Theological Federation conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is available from the QAA website.