Every person is made in the image of God and so all people have an inherent value. This implies a duty to value all people and therefore to protect them from harm.


We accept and endorse the principles set out in the Church of England's Promoting a Safer Church document which can be accessed here.

We commit ourselves, as a church community, to nurture, protect and safeguard all members and visitors to our church, particularly children, young people, and vulnerable adults.


We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training, and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring service.


We will respond to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and social care services in any investigation.

We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.




We have appointed Richard Henderson as the Parish Safeguarding Officer for St Matthew's Wookey, Christ Church Henton, and Christ Church Coxley and hence is our Benefice Safeguarding Officer.

Our Benefice Safeguarding Officer is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult.


Benefice Safeguarding Officer

Richard Henderson

If you would prefer to speak to someone outside of the benefice:


Bath & Wells Diocese Safeguarding Officer

Glenys Armstrong


If you want to contact a confidential source of support that is independent of the Church, Stop It Now is an organisation set up to tackle child and vulnerable adult abuse and provide support to victims. They can also help if you are worried about your own or someone else’s behaviour towards a child or vulnerable adult.


These booklets are produced by an independent Christian Safeguarding Charity CCPAS (now known as thirtyone:eight) as a resource for anyone who is concerned about how to respond to a variety of safeguarding situations. They give short, easy-to-understand summaries of common topics and practical advice on the steps to take.

General Safeguarding

Help: I'm a safeguarding co-ordinator

Help: How to respond to an allegation of abuse

Help: Someone I care about was abused

Safeguarding Vulnerable adults

Help: Safeguarding Adults

Help: I was abused as a child

Help: Caring for people with dementia

Help: How can I support someone who self neglects?

Safeguarding Children

Help: Keeping a disabled child safe

Help: I want to teach my child personal safety

Help: My child has been abused

Help: I want to work safely with children and young people

Help: How should I discipline my child?

Help: How can I support a child who has been abused?

Help: I need someone to talk to

Help: Online safety

Help: Understanding Under Age Sex