Safeguarding and DBS


The prevention of harm and protection of the vulnerable is paramount. Our churches are open and welcoming places but we owe it those who are vulnerable that we should do all that is possible to safeguard them from harm. We aim to encourage sensitivity towards survivors of abuse and to provide information about services available to them and to those who walk the road of recovery with them. We also aim to help church communities to maintain a fellowship of trust and acceptance which is open in all its dealings and which loves and welcomes all – but has illusions about none. Much of our work involves assisting parishes to minister to those who pose a risk of harm in a way which respects their rehabilitative needs while protecting individuals and church communities.

Please see latest Safeguarding newsletter here.

If you need to talk to someone about abuse that may have happened to you, the Church has worked with the NSPCC to set up a confidential helpline: 0800 389 5344.

Diocesan Safeguarding Policy for Parishes, 2014

This policy was approved by Diocesan Synod in May 2014 and supplants earlier policies.

Guidance for working with Children and Young People

For Safeguarding Advice 24 hours a day 7 days a week:

If you are unable to access the Diocesan Safeguarding Team or it is out of hours or the weekend, you can now contact the CCPAS (Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service) helpline on 0845 120 4550.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you state clearly that you are calling from the Exeter Diocese when using this facility. Please also note that the out of hours facility is for calls that are urgent and cannot wait until the next working day. Callers should also be aware that the diocese has an Information Sharing Agreement in place with CCPAS and that details of calls and advice given will be shared with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.

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