St Thomas
of Ipswich




Reporting abuse and finding support

If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay.

The National Safeguarding Team, NST, is working to increase the capacity and expertise of parishes, dioceses and other Church of England institutions to respond to safeguarding concerns and support victims and survivors. We are not able to offer either an emergency or 24-hour response but there are Safeguarding Advisors in every diocese and Safeguarding Officers in every parish.

If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns directly to the NST please email We will ensure that any concerns are referred to the relevant diocese and/or statutory agency, as appropriate. You can also visit the Church of England Suffolk Safeguarding page for more information.

Finding support

We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. Therefore here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours, free to call). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to, or email
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)

Please contact the following people if you have any concerns regarding safeguarding;

Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns:

Name: Revd. Jutta Brueck

Tel:079558360564   email:


Name: Rachael Rudge

Role: Parish Safeguarding Officer

Tel:07765 117756  Email: 


Name: Tim Bonnett

Role: Interim Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Tel: 07785 621319

Recording Form for Safeguarding Concerns


Church of England Safeguarding Review

Safeguarding Children Procedures v.12

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Procedures v1.2