Safeguarding and other Policies

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility: we all need to be aware that this can be an issue anywhere, and that it may affect anyone: in the towns or the country; rich or poor; young or old; male or female, whatever one's background and culture.

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 then 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. 


If you have ANY questions or anxieties about a situation, in the first instance please contact; 

Team Safeguarding Officer : Carol Wakeling on  07817742880 or by email at

or contact 

Rev Martin WarrenRevd Martin Warren 

The Vicarage, Shebbear, Beaworthy, EX21 5RU

Tel: 01409 281424.


or the Diocesan Safeguarding Team

Charlie Pitman, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - 01392 345909  - 

For general enquiries -   

We are here to listen. 

You will not have to take any responsibilities on your shoulders alone and you will not have to act - there are others agencies who do this - that is their job. 

It is always better to share a concern and to talk it through with someone .  . . . . . who will then make a decision about what is the best thing to do next.


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
Devon Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): 0345 155 1071 

Concerns about adults Devon
- Care Direct: 0345 155 1007

Domestic Abuse Devon helpline for professionals and individuals: 0345 155 1074 


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

Children who want to speak to someone about any concerns they have can call Childline: 0800 11 11 


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

You can read our Data Protection Notice HERE