Safeguarding

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility: we all need to be aware that this can be an issue anywhere, and that it may affect anyone: in the towns or the country; rich or poor; young or old; male or female, whatever one's background and culture.

The welfare of any person who feels vulnerable - child or adult - must always be held paramount, no matter how uncomfortable that may be, because only then can we create a church that is safer for everyone.


Bishop Robert of ExeterBishop Robert's vision for the Diocese of Exeter is that as a Church, we are Growing in Prayer, Making new Disciples and Serving the People of Devon with Joy.

Safeguarding underpins each of these aims and is vital to the spiritual development and fulfilment of the people coming into our churches and all who we meet and serve in our communities. 

  







If you have ANY questions or anxieties about a situation, in the first instance please contact; 

the Torridge Team Safeguarding Officer,  Pat Chappell on  01805 601733 or by email by clicking HERE

 If you cannot reach Pat Chappell please contact:


Rev Martin WarrenRevd Martin Warren by clicking HERE  or at;


The Vicarage, Shebbear, Beaworthy, EX21 5RU

Tel: 01409 281424.

 

Rev. Susannah MetzRevd Susannah Metz by clicking HERE   or at;


The Rectory, Petrockstowe, EX20 3HQ

Tel: 01837 810621.


or the Diocesan Safeguarding Team


Charlie Pitman, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - 01392 345909  - Charles.Pitman@exeter.anglican.org 


Phill Parker, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - 01392 294969 - DBS@exeter.anglican.org 


For general enquiries - SafeguardingEnquiry@exeter.anglican.org   


We are here to listen. 

You will not have to take any responsibilities on your shoulders alone and you will not have to act - there are others agencies who do this - that is their job. 

It is always better to share a concern and to talk it through with someone .  . . . . . who will then make a decision about what is the best thing to do next.


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 


Concerns about adults
Devon - Care Direct: 0345 155 1007

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

 

Rape Crisis National: 0808 802 9999 Devon & Torbay: 01392 204174 


Children who want to speak to someone about any concerns they have can call Childline: 0800 11 11 

 

Please notify your Parish Safeguarding Representative and/or the Diocesan Safeguarding Team after contacting any of these agencies.