In the Diocese of Bath and Wells, the safeguarding team is responsible for:
- Supporting those who have been harmed or exploited through the Church or in a church-based setting, and their families and friends
- Promoting the importance of churches being safe spaces by ensuring there are policies and resources available about keeping children and adults safe and that there are trained people in every church
- Preventing the recruitment of those who may pose a risk to others
- Protecting the vulnerable by creating a culture of speaking out about concerns and challenging inappropriate behaviour
Glenys Armstrong is the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. A trained social worker since 1985, she has gained extensive experience in a range of roles in the field before joining the diocese in 2013. As a registered social worker she is required to undertake regular training and professional development, have had supervision in her role and be working ethically. As well as her social work qualifications, Glenys also has qualifications in management, teaching, mediation and counselling.
Helen Humphreys is Assistant Safeguarding Adviser. She has been trained by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) and takes the lead on safe recruitment issues. She has worked for the diocese since 2007, prior to which she spend seven years with the Prison Service working with offenders with a range of issues.