Safeguarding Statement

Policy Statement for the Safeguarding of Children and Adults at Risk
Totnes St Mary’s with St John’s Bridgetown

The following policy statement was agreed at the PCC meeting held on 8th September 2015:

As members of the PCC we commit our church community to the support, nurture, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable. We recognize that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church community. We are fully committed to acting within current legislation, guidance, national frameworks and the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and procedures. We will also act in an open, transparent and accountable way in working in partnership with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Children and Adult Social Care Services, the Police, Probation Services and other agencies to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. We welcome staff and volunteers who are recruited in accordance with House of Bishops’ Interim Guidelines on Safer Recruitment 2013. This means we will ensure that those who are employed or who volunteer to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults are suitable for the role, that they know what the role entails and that they are supported in carrying it out.

Persons within the PCC and this Parish who hold formal responsibilities and the prime duty of care for safeguarding are: 

Team Rector The Reverend Prebendary Julian Ould

Safeguarding Officer Elizabeth Waterson
01803 849345
ChildLine 0800 1111

Helpful Numbers

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
Christine Hindle
01392 345909

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Sarah Miller
Tel: 01392 345910

CCPAS (Churches Child Protection Advisory Service) Helpline – (state you are calling from Exeter Diocese) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
0845 1204550

0800 1111 / text 1098

0808 800 222

NSPCC helpline (for those affected by abuse)
0800 3895344

Police (all non-emergency enquiries)
Jason Vasey 07971290297
Gemma Finch 07704520641

Children and Young Peoples Services (CYPS Social Care for Exeter and East Devon)
01392 384444

Out of Hours for CYPS Emergency Social Work Team (5pm-9am, weekends and public holidays)
0845 600388

NHS 111 service – Non Urgent Health Care

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