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If you are concerned about an individual or a situation call for advice - never ignore your concerns!

See the step by step guide here 

 How to respond if  you hear, see or suspect that a child young person or vulnerable adult has suffered or is at risk or abuse neglect or harm

 For churches from the three denominations : You can contact the panel office to report or disclose current or historic abuse or a safeguarding concern during office hours

You can also contact us for help or advice about safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults by telephoning 01745 817584 /07957510346 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

The Panel Safeguarding Officer is the safeguarding officer for the Union of Welsh Independents, Baptist Union of Wales and Presbyterian Church of Wales and should be contacted and informed regarding concerns and  safeguarding incidents within the 3 denominations. 

Panel process for dealing with a safeguarding disclosure or concern

NEW OUT OF HOURS COVER March 2024

 call 0303 003 1111

 The Panel is now partnering with Thirtyone: eight to enable churches from the three denominations to access their SAFEGUARDING HELPLINE 

 5pm- midnight , 7am- 9am , Weekends and bank holidays. 

An information sharing agreement between the two organisations will enable to Panel to receive a copy of the written advice that Thirtyone:eight may offer relevnat churches/callers from the three denominations so that the Panel can offer appropriate follow up or support on their return to office. 

 IN AN EMERGENCY

In an emergency, especially if someone is in immediate danger of harm, you should always call 999 straight away and ask for the police.

PHONE 999 for POLICE or AMBULANCE  or your LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES Department / local safeguarding board using these contact numbers 

If you or someone you know feels suicidal, or may be a danger to themselves or others, call 999,or contact Samaritans or Shout - Crisis Text Line or go to the  Hub of Hope  or follow the link  NEED HELP NOW 

 

 Scroll down for more links and sources of support

 You can contact the: 

 Presbyterian Church of Wales - Rev Nan Powell- Davies  029 2062 7465 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Baptist Union of Wales - Rev Judith Morris 01267 245660 jThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Welsh Independents - Rev Dyfrig Rees 01792 795888  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOT 24/7

Help and Support 

Childline  0800 1111  link to the website Childline 

NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000   link to website  NSPCC helplines 

Welsh Local authority child protection numbers here

HOURGLASS 0808 8088141 ( not 24/7)   (the new name for Action For Elder Abuse) ( not 24/7) 

SAMARITANShttps://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Free helpline 24/7 : 116123     Llinell Cymraeg: 08081640123 (7pm tan 11pm )

Shout 85258 offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance: text "SHOUT" to 85258  visit Shout Crisis Text Line

THIRTY ONE EIGHT  (the new name for Churches Child Protection Advisory Service)  0303 003 1111       https://thirtyoneeight.org/help-and-resources/safeguarding-helpline/  ( not 24/7)

 Stop It Now  Contact the Stop It Now! child sexual abuse helpline - Stop It Now   0808 1000 900 9 am - 9 pm Mon to Thursday  - til 5pm Friday - not weekends 

Hub of Hope   an app to help you to find a source of support or information. 
 

Help & Support for Survivors and those who have suffered abuse

Replenished Life   is  a multi faith and inclusive support charity based in Wales offering support and inormation relating to abuse and trauma within faith inlcuding a support line for those who have experienced abuse and trauma in a religious context https://www.replenished.life/supportline
 

MACSAS - Ministry and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors  supports those who have been sexually abused as children or adults, by ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the Church. They support those who have remained whin their christian communiites or have left it. Freephone Helpline  08088 01 03 40  (Wednesday 7-9.30 or Saturdays 9-11am)   www.macsas.org.uk/

THE SURVIVORS TRUST  The Survivors Trust (TST) is a UK-wide national umbrella agency for 130 specialist organisations for support for the impact of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse throughout the UK and Ireland. http://thesurvivorstrust.org 

 NAPAC (National Association for People abused in Childhood)
Offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
Support line, free from landlines and mobiles 0808 801 0331  (Mon-Thu10am-9pm  & Fri 10am-6pm) calls will not show on your bill https://napac.org.uk/what-napac-does/

Stepping Stones is a registered charity providing therapeutic services to adults who have been sexually abused as children across North Wales https://steppingstonesnorthwales.co.uk/

 
 

 Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

Find your local service : Welsh Women's Aid (welshwomensaid.org.uk)

Live Fear Free Helpline - info about the service and video

LIVE CHAT  9am - 9pm    24 hour advice and support: 0808 80 10 800   https://gov.wales/live-fear-free byw_heb_ofn.png

Clare’s Law, also known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) is a police policy giving people the right to know if their current or ex-partner has any previous history of violence or abuse.

New Pathways Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Support Services in South Wales http://www.newpathways.org.uk/

Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre North Wales  www.rasawales.org.uk/  offering support to anyone in North Wales who has experienced Sexual Abuse or violence  Office: for referrals: 01248 670 628 | live fear free  Helpline: 0808 80 10 800 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Stepping Stones  is a registered charity providing therapeutic services across North Wales to adults who have been sexually abused as children.https://steppingstonesnorthwales.co.uk/

   UK 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline  0808 2000 247            https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/    

 

Bullying 

Bullying is ‘Behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, which is meant to hurt someone physically or emotionally.’

It is a serious and devastating problem for those it affects. Despite work by schools and other services, as well as local, Welsh and UK government initiatives, bullying remains a desperately worrying problem for many. Online spaces and social media continue to provide new tools and opportunities to bully others.

The Welsh Government has developed statutory guidance for schools and has also developed useful information packs for parents and carers. Click the link to access the toolkit accompanying the guidance for more information and guidance. 

The young persons guide is available here and the parents and carers toolkit is available  here

 KIDSCAPE-is a charity that  provides practical support, training, and advice to challenge bullying and protect young lives.

They offer advice  and a helpline for families facing a bullying situation  https://www.kidscape.org.uk/advice/

IN AN EMERGENCY

 CONTACT:  

Police  999  Ambulance 999 Or your local Social Services Department (you can find your local council website through this link