Safeguarding means preventing harm to children and adults at risk by protecting them from abuse or neglect.
The Church in Wales is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of its life, mission and ministry.
The Church in Wales will:
- promote the wellbeing of children and adults at risk
- raise awareness of safeguarding within the Church
- work to prevent abuse or harm from occurring
- seek to protect and respond well to those that have been abused.
Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.
Welcome to the Church in Wales Provincial Safeguarding Team
The Provincial Safeguarding Team can be contacted for advice and support in relation to safeguarding concerns within the Church in Wales and for questions relating to safeguarding policy and procedures.
If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires urgent medical attention, please call the emergency services now on 999 – DO NOT DELAY.
If you think that a child or adult is at risk of harm but is not in immediate danger, please call the local authority social services department.
Provincial Safeguarding Officers
If you want to talk to someone about a safeguarding concern or issue affecting a child or adult at risk within the Church in Wales, please contact a Provincial Safeguarding Officer:
Dioceses of Llandaff, Monmouth and Swansea & Brecon
Dioceses of Bangor, St Asaph and St Davids
Provincial Safeguarding Manager
If you want to talk to someone about general safeguarding concerns affecting the Church in Wales or have a question relating to safeguarding policy or procedures, please contact the Provincial Safeguarding Manager:
Tel: 07908 963335
Provincial Safeguarding Policy
To download a copy of the Church in Wales Safeguarding Policy or a copy of the policy poster please visit:
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP helps children and young people under the age of 18 who have been forced or manipulated into taking part, or are being pressured to take part, in sexual activity of any kind. This can be both online and offline. The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
Online bullying or other online concerns should not be reported to CEOP and children and young people should be directed to speak to an adult they trust, and/or referred to Childline, if they would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling.
For all Safeguarding Training please contact St Padarns
The Church in Wales is committed to the safe recruitment of all clergy, staff and volunteers as an important aspect of protecting children and adults at risk and keeping them safe from harm. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks help the Church make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from having contact with children and adults at risk.
Safeguarding in Schools
Church in Wales schools are committed to celebrating the rich heritage of faith, language and culture of our land, offering the very best education to the children of Wales in a safe and secure Christian context.
If you want to report a safeguarding concern affecting a Church in Wales school, please contact the local authority education department for the area where that school is located.
If you want to talk to someone about a general safeguarding concern or have a question relating to safeguarding policy or procedures, please contact:
Tel: 07908 963335
Welsh Government has produced Keeping learners safe as statutory safeguarding guidance for all education providers in Wales, including voluntary controlled and voluntary aided Church in Wales schools.
More information about Church in Wales schools can be found on the Education page of the Church in Wales website.
Wales Safeguarding Procedures
Welsh Government has produced the Wales Safeguarding Procedures as statutory guidance for anyone working with children or adults in Wales, whether in a paid or unpaid role. The Wales Safeguarding Procedures build on the statutory guidance of the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 to provide clear guidance and expectations for safeguarding both adults and children.
The Procedures clearly state that “Safeguarding is everyone’s business” and clarify what is required of people in specific roles.
The Wales Safeguarding Procedures are easily and readily available in two ways:
- Digitally, on a platform currently supported by Social Care Wales at www.safeguarding.wales
- As a free App available for Android and iOS
The Church in Wales is committed to exploring every opportunity to play its part in working to combat modern slavery by prevention, detection and in offering support for its victims.
The Church in Wales works with The Clewer Initiative and wider church networks to raise awareness of modern slavery, identify victims and to help provide victim support and care.