Safeguarding is the protection of children and youth under the age of 18, as well as vulnerable adults. It is about protecting those who may not otherwise have a voice.

At Gateway Church, we take Safeguarding seriously, and as such are proud to support our staff and volunteers who are passionately serving the local community in a variety of projects.

Our Safeguarding Team are Paul and Sarah Jeffrey. With their experience of working in the healthcare sector and the public sector respectively, along with their strong gifting, they are well placed to ensure that safeguarding policies are adhered to at Gateway Church. They also actively oversee the training of those who need safeguarding training. In 2021, they took 25+ people from the church through a young person training course and 20+ through an adults at risk of harm course. As a church we choose to be an investor in people and safeguarding is a key area that is included within this.

If you would like to speak in-confidence with Paul or Sarah about a safeguarding issue, please email them at


Elim’s National Safeguarding Information can be found at

We are a member of Thirtyone:eight, who provide safeguarding support to us and also help complete our DBS checks.