“I believe that the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults should be the highest priority of all parts of the Church, and that any failings in this area must be immediately reported. There are no excuses for shortcomings” Rt Revd Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Canterbury

The welfare of any person who feels vulnerable – child or adult  – must always be held paramount, no matter how uncomfortable that may be because only in that way can we create a church that is safer for everyone.

Bishop Robert’s vision for the Diocese of Exeter is that as a Church we are Growing in Prayer, Making New Disciples and Serving the People of Devon With Joy.  Safeguarding underpins each of these aims and is vital to the spiritual development and fulfilment of the people coming into our churches and all who we meet and serve in our communities.

For the latest news and developments in Safeguarding in the Diocese of Exeter, please see the latest Safeguarding newsletter here.

Have Concerns? Have Questions? Not Sure Who To Contact?

To report concerns regarding an individual or to ask a question about safeguarding, please go to our Safeguarding Contacts page.

Looking for a Safeguarding Resource or Document?

For the latest policies, practice guidance and other resources, please go to our Safeguarding Resources page.

Have Questions About Safer Recruitment or DBS Checks?

For guidance on Safer Recruitment practice and how to carry out DBS checks, please go to our Safer Recruitment and DBS page.

Looking for Safeguarding Training?

For information on training including courses available, role eligibility and requirements, please go to our Safeguarding Training page.

To book on to a safeguarding training course, please go to our Safeguarding Training Online Booking form.

Looking for Support as a Parish Safeguarding Representative?

If you are a Parish Safeguarding Representative looking for advice or guidance, or you want to know more about the Parish Safeguarding Representative role, please go to our Safeguarding Representatives page.

Seeking to Raise a Concern or Make a Complaint About Your Experience of the Safeguarding Service Provision in the Diocese of Exeter?

If you have a concern over the service being provided by the Diocese of Exeter with regard to Safeguarding, we are open to feedback and would encourage you to phone 01392 345909 or email the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Charlie Pitman, to discuss your concerns.

Should your concerns remain unresolved we would direct you to our Safeguarding Complaints Policy and Procedure to guide you in how to raise a formal complaint.

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