Promoting a Safer Church
At St Andrew’s we are committed to the safety of all our members and take Safeguarding very seriously.
All of our Clergy, Children’s and Youth Leaders, Lay Pastoral Assistants, Readers, Head Server, Tower Captain, Choir Master and Churchwardens hold current enhanced DBS checks appropriate to their role and receive regular safeguarding training.
If you have a safeguarding concern, please contact:
Our Safeguarding Officer, Alison Perry who can be contacted on 01823 332531, or the Vicar, Reverend Robin Lodge on 01823 352471.
If it is a matter concerning immediate risk to a Child, Young Person or Vulnerable Adult, you should contact the Police on 999 or 101 or the Local Authority Social Care Service on 0300 123 2224 (out of hours 0300 1232327 (children) 01823 368244 (Adults and Mental Health).
The Diocesan Safeguarding Manager is Ben Goodhind who can be contacted on 01749 685135 or 07834 514842 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact one of the following organisations who can provide support for those suffering abuse:
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 ((lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).
Family Lives: (formerly Parentline) 0808 800 2222.
Silverline: 0800 4708090.
The links below can be used to view Safeguarding Policy Information
from the Church of England, the Diocese of Bath and Wells,
and St Andrew’s PCC Safeguarding Policy
Church of England - Promoting a Safer Church Policy statement
Diocese of Bath and Wells Safeguarding Pages
PCC Safeguarding Policy - October 2021