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'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:
Revd Martin Warren by clicking HERE or at;
Revd Susannah Metz by clicking HERE
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.