In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus tells his followers, ‘You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill top cannot be hidden’ (Matthew 5. 14). Christians are to be a transformative presence in society bringing light and hope to others. In particular we are called to be a beacon of good practice in the care and protection of children and vulnerable adults. As Jesus says uncompromisingly, ‘If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea’ (Matthew 18.6).
Protecting the safety and dignity of everyone at St Peter’s is of vital importance to us.
If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to our Safeguarding Representative – Annette Burgess (firstname.lastname@example.org).
IMMEDIATE RISK OF HARM?
If you believe somebody is at immediate risk of harm or that a crime has been committed, dial 999
Other Useful Contacts
If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.
If you need to talk to someone about abuse that may have happened to you, the Church has worked with the NSPCC to set up a confidential helpline: 0800 389 5344.
Devon Safeguarding Adults Board:
If you see, hear or suspect that an adult may be at risk of abuse or neglect, you must tell someone about it. If they are in immediate danger contact the police on 999. Otherwise contact Care Direct on 0345 155 1007
Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse:
Devon's helpline for those concerned about this issue is: 0345 155 1074
Devon Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Services:
They can contacted on the helpline: 01392 204 174: Mon 6.00pm-9.00pm, Wed 6.00pm-9.00pm & Fri 6.00pm-9.00pm.
North Devon Against Domestic Abuse:
They can be contacted on: 01271 321 946