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Keeping Safe

If you are adult in immediate danger you can:

Call the police on 999

Speak to one of our Safeguarding Officers

Or contact one of the organisations below

If you are a child or teenager below the age of 19 and are in pain or distress from abuse by an adult you can:

Call the police on 999

Speak to one of our Safeguarding Officers

Or contact the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children on 0800 1111 (24 hours a day)

If you think that a child or adult is in immediate danger you can:

Call the police on 999,

Speak to one of our Safeguarding Officers

Or, for an individual below 19, contact the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children on 0808 800 5000 (10 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday)

Our apology…

The Church of England’s recent history regarding abuse.
Our church has not always lived up to our own principles. Because of this and because we want you to know we take all forms of abuse very seriously, whether historic or current, we offer our apology to all.
We recognise that terrible things have been done to people in the name of religion.
People have used the power of their position for their own selfish gratification and immense harm has resulted. Often this has been compounded by attempts to defend the church’s reputation by denial and cover up, made worse by sheer incompetence.
We are profoundly sorry and are absolutely determined to do everything in our power to make our churches safe places for all who come.

Immediate danger

If you or somebody you know is in immediate danger…
Call 999 now.

Doing this alone might be very difficult, or not the route for you, so our Parish Safeguarding Officers can help, as well as the agencies below.

You can also make a silent 999 call if you cannot speak.

How to make a silent 999 call

If you’re in danger, call 999 and try to speak to the operator if you can, even by whispering. You may also be asked to cough or tap the keys on your phone to answer questions.

Calling 999 silently from a mobile

If you don’t speak or answer questions, press 55 when prompted and your call will be transferred to the police.

Pressing 55 only works on mobiles and doesn’t allow the police to track your location.

If you don’t press 55 your call will be ended.

Call 999 silently from a landline

If you don’t speak or answer questions and the operator can only hear background noise, they’ll transfer your call to the police.

If you replace the handset, the landline may remain connected for 45 seconds in case you pick it up again.

Calling 999 from a landline automatically gives the police information about your location.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officers

All safeguarding enquiries are treated with absolute privacy and discretion.
If you are not sure which Parish you are in, please contact any of our Safeguarding Officers for advice. From time to time a Safeguarding Officer may change, if you cannot reach a Parish Safeguarding Officer you can also contact your Parish Clergy or the Diocese of Exeter Safeguarding Team.
Parish Safeguarding Officer are listed below:

Belstone Church of St Mary the Virgin

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Edwina Hill

Telephone: 01837 840332

Bratton Clovelly Church of St Mary the Virgin

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Mary Barkell

Telephone: 01822 820272

Exbourne Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin

Michael Winter

Safeguarding: Michael Winter

Telephone: 01837 851718

Germansweek Church of St Germanus

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Mary Barkell

Telephone: 01822 820272

Inwardleigh Church of St Petroc

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Janet Trerise

Telephone: 01837 52016

Jacobstowe Church of St James

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Judith Westlake

Telephone: 01837 851996

Lydford Church of St Petrock

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Mary Barkell

Telephone: 01822 820272

Northlew Church of St Thomas of Canterbury

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Julie James

Telephone: 01409 221663

Okehampton All Saints Church

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Alex Just

Okehampton Chapel of St James

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Alex Just

Local help

Exeter Diocese Safeguarding team

For safeguarding concerns

Tel: 01392 294929

Email: safeguardingenquiry@exeter.anglican.org

Help and support for survivors who have experienced sexual abuse within the church

Help and support page

We recognise that those with a lived experience of abuse from within the Church may prefer to seek support or advice independent from the Diocese and as such have listed a number of relevant support services on this page.

Devon Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

If you are concerned about a child or young person in Devon and want to speak to someone.

The MASH is the central resource for the whole of Devon based at Devon County Council. They receive all safeguarding and child protection enquiries. It is staffed with professionals from a range of agencies including police, probation, fire, ambulance, health, education and social care.

These professionals share information to ensure early identification of potential significant harm, and trigger interventions to prevent further harm.

Tel: 0345 155 1071

For urgent safeguarding concerns out of hours call: 0345 600 0388

Email: mashsecure@devon.gov.uk

Safer Devon

Helping to end sexual violence and domestic violence and abuse in our communities

A source for various supporting agencies.

They also help with addiction, hate crime, fraud, radicalisation and more

Dartmoor and West Devon Tel: 01822 813536

Email: claire.birch@swdevon.gov.uk

FearLess Devon

Support for adults and children in Devon with experience of domestic and sexual abuse

Tel: 0345 155 1074

Email: admin.devon@fear-less.org.uk

Devon Country Council
Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse

Rape and sexual abuse helpline: 0808 802 9999

Domestic abuse helpline: 0345 155 1074

National help

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Every child is worth fighting for

Help for adults concerned about a child
Tel: 0808 800 5000

Email: help@nspcc.org.uk

Help for children and young people
Childline:  0800 1111 (Free, 24 hrs a day, for children and young people under 19)

Samaritans 

Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Tel: 116 123 (Free, 24 hours a day)

Plymouth Branch
Tel: 0330 094 5717 (Opening hours here)

Shelter

Independent national housing advice charity
Tel: 0808 800 4444

Opoka

Opoka helps women and children in the Polish community to improve health, wellbeing, financial stability and happiness by stopping domestic violence

Tel: 0300 365 1700

Email: info@opoka.org.uk

National Domestic Violence

Tel: 0808 2000 247 – 24 hr freephone helpline for women

National Men’s Advice Line

Tel: 0808 801 0327 – Mon to Fri: 9am – 5pm

Galop

We support LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence

Tel: 0800 999 5428

Email: help@galop.org.uk

Modern Slavery and Exploitation Helpline

Tel: 08000 121 700 (Free. Open 24 hrs, over 200 languages spoken)

Email: hello@unseenuk.org

The Salvation Army

Helping survivors of modern slavery

Tel: 0800 808 3733

The Clewer Initiative

The Clewer Initiative is the national work of the Church of England to combat modern slavery.

Contact

Northmoor Team Ministry Safeguarding Policy

Promoting a safer church

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our churches are committed to:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture.
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

The Parishes will:

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
  • Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

Each person who works within this Ministry community agrees to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.