Church of England Diocese of Bath & Wells Bath, Walcot


Support & Comfort

“We cannot place a high enough importance on safeguarding issues. It is vital that lessons are learned throughout the whole of the Church of England. Every day, the vulnerable come to us for shelter, for support and for comfort. Their trust cannot be taken for granted.” - Archbishop Justin Welby

"The good shepherd rescues, feeds, seeks the lost, binds the injured, strengthens the weak, seeks justice." - Ezekiel 34:16

Safeguarding Matters

The Church is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The life of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news speaks of welcome for all, including those who are most vulnerable, into a community where the value and dignity of every person is affirmed and those in positions of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. Being faithful to our call to share the gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has.

Our Policy

We provide the basic training (C0 level) for the whole congregation, highlighting the acceptance that safeguarding in the church community is everyone's responsibility. Those of us who specifically work with children and vulnerable adults receive further training.

We use the Diocese of Bath and Wells' safeguarding policy. For full details, please see the attached policy.

Do you have a safeguarding concern?

If you have safeguarding concerns, please contact our Safeguarding Officer, Wendy Judd on 01225 319704 or [email protected] .

You can also contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team directly via their website.

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