Each church within the mission community has detailed Policies in place which meet the standard required by the Diocese.
All those who are involved in work with, or come into contact with, vulnerable adults or children are required to undertake training at the appropriate level. This includes all Church Council (PCC) members, clergy and the Safeguarding Officers.
The training is provided by the Diocese and its aim is to set safeguarding in the context of the church, and to familiarise trainees with church and state legislation, policies and practice.
The Safeguarding Officers review the Policy every year and any changes are reported to the PCC.
A copy of the Policy is available from the Safeguarding Officer for each parish.
WORRIED ABOUT A CHILD OR VULNERABLE ADULT?
Please speak to your Parish Safeguarding Representative if you have any concerns for the well-being of a child or adult, or about the behaviour of someone towards a child or adult.
If you cannot reach your Parish Safeguarding Representative, please contact your parish clergy or the Diocesan Safeguarding Team:
Charlie Pitman, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - 01392 345909 -
Phill Parker, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - 01392 294969 -
For general enquiries -
IMMEDIATE RISK OF HARM?
If you believe somebody is at immediate risk of harm or that a crime has been committed, dial 999
If you have serious concerns about an individual’s well-being, you should contact the relevant agencies:
Concerns about children
Devon Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): 0345 155 1071
Devon helpline for professionals and individuals: 0345 155 1074
Concerns about adults
Devon - Care Direct: 0345 155 1007
Rape Crisis National: 0808 802 9999
Devon & Torbay: 01392 204174
Please notify your Parish Safeguarding Representative and/or the Diocesan Safeguarding Team after contacting any of these agencies. Children who want to speak to someone about any concerns they have can call Childline: 0800 11 11