We seek to welcome and include everyone in our churches. To this end, we have adopted the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy for children and vulnerable adults, and we will do all we can to ensure that everyone is kept safe on our premises and grounds.
There are safeguarding officers for both children and vulnerable adults that you may contact if you have any concerns about safeguarding issues relating to the churches.
Our current safeguarding officers are:
click on image to send an email to the relevant officer
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A SAFEGUARDING CONCERN
Contact the relevant safeguarding officer by clicking on their image above.
If you believe someone to be in immanent danger of harm, contact the Police immediately by dialling 999 from any phone.
If your concern involves a church officer, or if you do not receive a reply within 24 hours, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team – click on the link for contact details.
If there is no reply or if there is any delay, please contact CCPAS (Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service) by ringing 0303 003 1111 – line open 24/7 (you will need to state that you are from Exeter Diocese)
If you need to talk to someone about abuse that may have happened to you, the NSPCC has a confidential helpline: 0800 389 5344
St Michael’s & St Barnabas, Devonport
Policy Statement for the Safeguarding
of Children and Vulnerable Adults 2015
As members of the PCCs we commit our church community to the support, nurture, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable.
We recognise 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, and we have adopted the Diocesan Safeguarding policy. We will also act in an open, transparent and accountable way in working in partnership with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, 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.
A longer statement was adopted in May 2018 – see p3 of the full policy