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Here at Grace Church Bath, we take the safety and protection of our children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously.

As the Bible reveals, God is concerned for all people, but He has a special concern for those in society who are vulnerable.  As ambassadors for God in His world we at Grace Church Bath (GCB) share His concerns.

We therefore take the safeguarding of children, young people, and vulnerable adults very seriously. We are committed to safe practices, safe recruitment, and ensuring that GCB is a Safe Space For All.

The GCB Leadership Team, comprising of the Pastor, Elders and Core Group, have agreed a Safeguarding Policy, ‘Grace Church Bath: A Safe Space For All’. This policy exists within the wider policies of the Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Church of England Parish Safeguarding Handbook.


We have signed the Safer Places Pledge where we aim to speak up, put survivors first, conceal nothing, take responsibility, make change happen and hold each other accountable.

Grace Church Safeguarding Policy and Practice


If you are concerned about the wellbeing or safety of a child, young person or vulnerable adult, please speak to or contact a member of our safeguarding team.


Kevin Purkiss

Bertie Kennedy

Parish Safeguarding Officer

Deputy Parish Safeguarding Officer

Diocese of Bath and Wells Safeguarding Contacts

Safeguarding Manager: Ben Goodhind

01749 588917

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What to do if...

  • You are a child and you want to talk to someone about things that are happening to you that you do not like or are worried about.

  • You are an adult and you want to access support or advice about something that is happening to you.

    • Call ‘Action on Elder Abuse’ on 0808 808 8141 or click here for information about available services.

  • You want to report a safeguarding concern to the statutory authorities in BANES 

    • If you feel that you or someone else is in immediate danger then you should always call 999 and ask for the police.

    • For non-emergency matters call the police on 101 and you will be put through to the area police force. 

  • For Adult Social Care 

    • Call the safeguarding team on 0300 247 0201. If out of hours call the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615165.

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