Safeguarding and Pastoral Care

Caring for those in our care


‘Being loved and being kept safe go to the very core of the Church’s ministry to children and vulnerable adults.’
(Safeguarding with Confidence – The Cumberlege Commission Report 2007)

We are here to help.
The Diocese of Plymouth’s Safeguarding Team is available on:
01364 645430
or by email on:

You can register to access free online EDUCARE Safeguarding training by emailing with your name, parish/religious congregation and role e.g. parish priest, catechist or parent.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Office supports the ministry of the Church by providing a professional and robust support around the protection of children and adults in need of protection to ensure that worshipping communities are safe places where all have a positive experience of the Church in which they feel loved, accepted and safe.

The Diocese’s dedicated team of safeguarding professionals work closely with other agencies both locally and nationally including the Police, Probation, Social Services and to standards that are set out by the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission.

The Safeguarding Office and its staff treat all individuals with dignity and respect and all issues dealt with are managed in a sensitive and caring manner, all contact with the Safeguarding Office is dealt with in the strictest confidence.

The work of the Safeguarding Office is subject to scrutiny by the Independent Safeguarding Commission who provide and independent oversight and, where appropriate, advice and guidance on the management of individual cases and the strategic direction of safeguarding in the Diocese.

Should you have any concerns around safeguarding within your Church or the Church overall then you should contact the Safeguarding Office at St. Boniface House, Ashburton.  If, however, the matter requires an immediate response then contact should be made directly with the Police or Social Services

Police Emergency – 999
Police Non Emergency Number – 101
Safeguarding Policies for all dioceses in England and Wales, please click here.

Safeguarding Contacts

Safeguarding Coordinator
Mr. Robert Brown
01364 645431

Safeguarding Caseworker
Ms. Annette Moody-Burkinshaw
01364 645432

Safeguarding Caseworker
Mr. Robert Kingdon
01364 645434

Safeguarding Caseworker
Ms. Sophie Scagell
01364 645436

Safeguarding Administrator
Ms. Hannah Seagood
01364 645433

Safeguarding Administrator
Mr. Nick Biddle
01364 645435

Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding
Fr. Mark Skelton V.F.
01626 774640

Safeguarding Office
Safeguarding Office, St Boniface House, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, TQ13 7JL
General Enquiry Number: 01364 645430
The Office is open Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm

Safeguarding Review

Independent Safeguarding Commission Members:

Independent Chair –  Geraldine Nosowska
Legal representative –  Teresa Cussen
Probation representative – Vacant
Clergy representative – Fr. Mark Skelton
Police representative –  Vacant
Religious representative – Sr. Damian Cunningham
Adult Social Care (Social Services) – Deborrah Kelly
Children’s  Services ( Social Services)– Vacant
Canon Lawyer – 
Fr. Kristian Paver
Health representative – Vacant
Parish Safeguarding Representative – Siobhan Gilroy
In attendance:
Robert Brown – Safeguarding Co-ordinator
Annette Moody-Burkinshaw – Safeguarding Caseworker
Rob Kingdon – Safeguarding Caseworker
Sophie Scagell – Safeguarding Caseworker
Hannah Seagood – Safeguarding Administrator
Nick Biddle – Safeguarding Administrator


Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role at the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group.

If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent unless you or someone else is in immediate danger.

The Safe Spaces team is available through its helpline and live chat service between Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, apart from Thursday when the service is open 12pm-8pm.

Tel: 0300 303 1056