Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and here at St. Mary’s Church, Chard, we are working to ensure a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults. The main contacts for any safeguarding issues in the first instance should be the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Peter Stefanovic email or telephone 07943 233 524, or the Associate Vicar, Rev. Georgina Vye. If you believe there is a matter that requires immediate attention or you are concerned about someone’s immediate safety then call 999.

The Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) and the Associate Vicar, have attended a number of courses provided by the Bath and Wells Diocesan Safeguarding Team. The courses have provided the PSO and Associate Vicar with the knowledge and best practices to deal with any concerns which may arise within the parish. You can be assured that any concerns that are raised with them will be confidential, and only those people that are essential in dealing with those concerns will be advised of those concerns. The PSO and Associate Vicar will work together with the Bath and Wells Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors to address and resolve any concerns.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Glenys Armstrong, and the Assistant Safeguarding Advisor, Helen Humphreys, are highly qualified and have vast experience in dealing with Safeguarding issues. Glenys and Helen are essential link in the chain and provide valuable advice and guidance to the Parish Safeguarding Officer and Associate Vicar. The Diocesan Safeguarding Team mentioned above, will also keep any information that is passed to them by the PSO confidential, and will only share the information to those persons that need to know to help to resolve any safeguarding issues.