Safeguarding Children and Adults

"The parish of Paignton: Christ Church is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Exeter’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."


As the people of the Benefice Christ Church and St Paul’s, within the Diocese of Exeter, we are concerned with the wholeness of each individual within God's purpose for everyone.

We seek to safeguard all members of the church community, of all ages.

It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

If you have any concerns please contact

The Vicar:  vacant

Christ Church Parish Safeguarding Representative: Robert Vincent 079 4647 1066

St Paul’s Parish Safeguarding Representative: Catherine Brookman 07767 491374

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Costa Nassaris  Tel 01392 294969 Mobile 07809 339501 email: [email protected]

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Rebecca Lane Tel 01392 294975 Mobile 07543 154774 email: [email protected]

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: James May (Wed-Fri) Tel 01392 345910 Mobile 07889 542646 email [email protected]

Safeguarding Administrator and DBS Coordinator: Ruth Putman Tel 01392 294929 or email: [email protected]

You may wish to consult the Exeter Diocesan website

Other key contacts: Childline 0800 1111

Silver Line (older people) 0800 4 70 80 90

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 Torbay Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): 01803 208100

Concerns about adults Torbay Safeguarding Adults Team: 01803 219700

Domestic Abuse Torbay Domestic Abuse Service: 0800 916 1474

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

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

Children who want to speak to someone about any concerns they have can call Childline: 0800 1111