What to do if you have any safeguarding concerns regarding children and vulnerable adults in our churches & other information about safeguarding

The parish churches of Creech St. Michael, Ruishton and Thornfalcon take seriously their responsibility for the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerabe adults and follow the safeguarding policies of the Church of England and the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

If you should have any safeguarding concerns in connection with our churches please feel free to contact either the Rector or our Safeguarding Officer, Liz Evans both of whom may be contacted on via the Benefice office on 01823 444793.

Where there is immediate risk to a child, young person or vulnerable adult you should contact the Police on 999 or 111 or the Local Authority Social Care Service on 0300 123 2224 (out of hours 0300 123 23 27 (children) / 01823 368244 (Adults and Mental Health).

The Safeguarding Advisor at The Diocese of Bath & Wells is  Andrew Duncan who can be contacted at 07736 903855 or 01749 588905

Further information can be found via the following links:

Benefice of Creech St. Michael, Ruishton & Thornfalcon Safeguarding Policy Statement.

Promoting a Safer Church - Church of England Safeguarding Policy 

Church of England Safeguarding Handbook

The following organisations provide support for those suffering abuse.

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 ((lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 0808 808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)