Safeguarding

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Safeguarding

If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone:

Our parish safeguarding representatives are:

Children and Young People – Mrs Christina Mabin
Adults at Risk – Mr Anthony Savage
They may both be contacted via the Parish Office (01363 773226) or via the Rector, Rev Matthew Tregenza (01363 894038).

If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something that is happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 1111

The following may also be contacted:

Diocesan Safeguarding Team – https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/safeguarding-team/

Concerns about Children – Devon MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) – 0345 155 1071

Concerns about Adults – Devon – Care Direct – 0345 155 1007

Domestic Abuse – Devon helpline for professionals and individuals – 0345 155 1074

Rape Crisis – Devon – 0808 802 9999

We take our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all those with whom the church comes into contact very seriously. To ensure this we:

1. Have safeguarding policies for Adults at Risk and Children and Young People. The choir also has an additional policy to ensure the well-being of its junior choristers. All the policies are reviewed annually.

2. Safeguarding is an agenda item at every PCC meeting and a sub-group meets regularly to discuss, monitor and evaluate the use of the policies and procedures. All churchwardens and other PCC members are DBS checked and all PCC members have undertaken safeguarding training.

3. We have job descriptions for all roles in the church, whether staff or volunteers, and everyone is made aware of safeguarding policies. All those working with adults at risk or children and young people complete a volunteer agreement form and we insist on the relevant training, DBS checks and references.

4. Records are kept of all those who have applied for Disclosure and Barring Scheme clearance and this is renewed every 5 years in line with Diocesan policy.

5. Anyone in a leadership role or working with Adults at Risk or Children & Young people is expected to undertake Safeguarding Awareness training, at the appropriate level. Records are kept and refresher training is undertaken every 3 years.

6. The names of the safeguarding officers in the church are displayed in the church porch, along with the safeguarding policies.

As a church, we are committed to being safe and welcoming to all.