Holy Trinity Barnstaple is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults from harm. Rachel Keenan is the appointed Safeguarding Officer and is the first person to speak to if you have concerns about the welfare of a child or young person.


01271 374240 or 07971 031379.

If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.


999 or 101 if not urgent

Local Council Children’s Services/Social Care

MASH 0345 155 1071

Thirtyone:eight    24 hour helpline

0303 003 11 11

NHS 111 service - Non Urgent Health Care


Local General Hospital

01271 322577


0800 1111

Family Lives helpline (support for families)

0808 800 222

Care Direct (for adult abuse – Devon County

0345 155107





Rev. Paul Taylor

01271 631252

Diocesan Safeguarding  Adviser (DSA)

Costa Nassaris

01392 294969

07950 457665


Parish Safeguarding Officer safeguarding@trinitybarnstaple.org.uk

Rachel Keenan

01271 374240

07971 031379




Safeguarding Policy 2023-2024

The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 18th Sept 2023 In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy Holy Trinity Church Barnstaple is committed to:

• Promoting a safer environment and culture.

• Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.

• Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.

• Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.

• Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.

• Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

The Parish will:

• Create a safe and caring place for all.

• Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.

• Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.

• Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.

• Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.

• Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.

• Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.

• Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.

• Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.

• Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.

• Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Rachel Keenan as the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Lee Hurrell as the Assistant Safeguarding Officer and David Archer as Safeguarding Training Coordinator.

Incumbent Rev. Paul Taylor.

Churchwardens Andrew keenan and Steve Bunce .

Next Review Date: Sept 2024