ECC Complaints Procedure

The Ecumenical Church Council (ECC) is committed to its role which primarily includes “cooperation with the minister in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.” But there may be a time when you need to complain. This complaints procedure is for those who are unhappy about matters for which the ECC is responsible that have affected them. Prior to using this formal procedure the ECC encourages an informal approach to the Vicar or a Churchwarden to see if the matter can be resolved in that way.

But if your complaint is about:
Safeguarding of Children or Vulnerable Adults; please in the first instance contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Sue Sutton on
The Vicar or another minister; please raise the matter with the Vicar. If the matter remains unresolved you could contact the Archdeacon, at
Your employment by the ECC; if you are a ECC employee please refer to and follow the grievance procedure provided for in your terms and conditions of employment.

Making a complaint to the ECC

Complaints should be made in writing or by email to the ECC Secretary, Judith Wingate. The ECC Secretary will ensure that your complaint is:

  • treated seriously
  • handled fairly without bias or discrimination
  • treated confidentially.

You should complain within 3 months of the event that you are complaining about. You need to set out:

  • your full name and address
  • what you think went wrong and how it has affected you including enough details to show why you are aggrieved
  • what (if anything) you think the ECC should do to put it right

If someone else complains on your behalf, the ECC will need written confirmation from you saying that you agree for that person to act for you.

The ECC Secretary should immediately record receipt of a complaint in a log.  

How your complaint will be dealt with

The ECC Secretary will write to you or send you an email to confirm receipt of your complaint within 3 days of its receipt and arrange for it to be considered by the ECC’s Complaints Committee. If your complaint refers to particular individuals who are members of the Complaints Committee it will meet without them being present.

The ECC’s Complaints Committee will look fairly into your complaint including seeking the views on the matter from any individuals, whether members of the ECC or otherwise, to which your complaint refers. The Complaints Committee may appoint one or more persons to look into the matter on its behalf but it will be the Complaints Committee that makes any decisions. The Complaints Committee and any such appointed persons will treat the matter confidentially.

The Complaints Committee may invite you to present your complaint to them. If so, you may attend with a friend / representative if you wish.  The meeting should be held as informally as possible. The Chair will explain the purpose of the meeting, introduce the members and emphasise confidentiality. The meeting will be minuted by the Committee. 

The ECC Secretary will write to you with the conclusions from the ECC Complaints Committee’s review and reasons for that outcome. The ECC Secretary will aim to respond to you in this way as soon as possible, and no longer than 6 weeks the after receipt of your complaint. 

This will be the ECC’s final response to your complaint.

If you remain dissatisfied, you may wish to consider contacting the Charity Commission as while Earochial Church Councils are independent bodies they are charities and as such are regulated by the Charity Commission. The Charity Commission can be contacted either via their website or by writing to them at Charity Commission First Contact, PO Box 1227, Liverpool L69 3UG.

ECC Secretary: Judith Wingate


ECC of Beacon Church Pheasey

Charity Registration Number 1132926