The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church.
Safe Spaces: a service for victims and survivors of church-related abuse
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales, or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role in the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group.
If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have need to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger. Safe Spaces can provide a range of help, including advocating with authorities and other agencies, giving emotional support, providing information (including information on church and police procedures), understanding your needs and working together on individual support plans.
Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)
Email: [email protected]
LiveChat - via the Safe Spaces website
If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Advisor or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services of the Police without delay.
Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns:
Churchwarden Rachel Vest 01823 461758
The Diocesan web page is here and the contacts are:-
Ben Goodhind Safeguarding Manager
Leonie Jones Safeguarding Coordinator
Enita Andrews Safeguarding Trainer
Graham Dodds Bishops Chaplain
They can be contacted on 07834 514842
or by writing to:-
Diocese of Bath and Wells
Local Authority Social Services
0300 123 2224
If there is immediate risk or danger please contact the police on 999