The Diocese of Bristol aims to create communities of wholeness with Christ at the centre. Our church communities need to be places where all are safe and protected from abuse, all can be healed and all can live life to the full.

At Christ Church Downend, we seek to provide effective safeguarding training, support, advice and policies, so that children, young people and vulnerable adults are safe from abuse in the life of the Church and their wellbeing is enhanced. All of those who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults at Christ Church undertake a thorough checking process, culminating in a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check which is renewed every five years.

Rev Paul Peterson is our Safeguarding Officer and any concerns of a safeguarding nature should be addressed to him in the first instance, tel: 0117 3307 673 or email: paulpeterson@blueyonder.co.uk.

For any concerns relating to a young person and/or adult at risk, please contact Adam Bond, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor on 0117 9060132 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm).

If out of hours and the matter is of an urgent nature, please contact the local police on 101. For concerns about a child contact South Gloucestershire Child Care on 01454 866000; for concerns about an adult contact Adult Care on 01454 868007.