Each of our PCCs take the issue Child and Adult safeguarding seriously. We have adopted the Church of England’s House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church; safeguarding policy’ as our policy. A full copy of that policy is available at the back of each of the churches.
Revd Alan Symonds (on behalf of the Benefice PCCs)
What to do if you have a concern that a child or adult is or may be being abused, or that a church officer is or may be abusing a child or adult.
IN AN EMERGENCY: If you believe a child or adult is in immediate danger of significant or serious harm, contact the emergency services on 999.
In a Non- Emergency: Contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer or incumbent, in the first instance for each Church in the Benefice as follows:
St Michael's, Somerton - Parish Safeguarding Office - Irene Stone
St Mary the Virgin Charlton Mackrell and St Peter and St Paul Charlton Adam - Parish Safeguarding Officer - Dot Squire
All Saints, Kingsdon - Bel Allan
You can also contact our Priest in Charge, Revd Alan Symonds, The Vicarage, Sutton Road, Somerton
If urgent contact is required please call 01458 272029 for any of the churches in the Benefice.
They must then contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. If neither are available, or if they may be the source of the concern please contact the DSA directly; simply click the button below which will direct you to the DSA reporting page on the Bath and Wells Diocesan website.
In the extremely unlikely situation that neither the PSO/incumbent or the DSA are not available within 24 hours, contact Children’s Social Care or Adult Social Care and/or the police directly, if the concern is that a child or adult is being abused. Contact the Local Authority Designated Officer and/or police if the concern is that a church officer may be abusing a child or adult.
What will happen next? The DSA will act in line with the House of Bishops’ guidance. They will offer advice, support and guidance and refer the concerns to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and/or police within 24 hours.
The DSA will take over the management of the safeguarding concern in conjunction with the statutory agencies
You can also go the Diocesan Safeguarding page using the ling below, which includes and out of hours phone number for contact.