This parish church – part of the Benefice of Cloverfield – has formally adopted the Church of England House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy, “Promoting a safer church” which can be found on the national church website:

A paper copy can be obtained from Church House Publishing.

More details of this church’s policy can be found at:

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 contact for any safeguarding issues in the first instance should be the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Peter Stefanovic either by email or telephone on 01460 68211. Local advice on safeguarding matters can also be obtained from the Rector of the Benefice, Revd. Ann Kember via email or telephone, 01460 351521 and the Associate Vicar, Rev. Georgina Vye email, telephone 01460 66159. If you believe there is a matter that requires immediate attention or you are concerned about someone’s immediate safety then call 999.

Peter, The Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO), Ann, the Rector and Georgina, the Associate Vicar, have attended a number of safeguarding courses provided by the Church of England. The courses have provided the safeguarding contacts 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. Peter, Ann and Georgina 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 links in the chain and provide valuable advice and guidance to the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Rector 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.