If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay.

Safeguarding in the Akeman Benefice

For all safeguarding concerns please inform the Benefice Safeguarding Officer, Nicky Donne, immediately, at or on 01869 351748.

Alternatively please contact the Benefice Rector, The Rev’d Gareth Miller, at or 01869 350224.

If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, you can contact the Diocese of Oxford regarding urgent and confidential matters:

  • Louise Whitehead, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser – or 07391 868478
  • Erica Hegg, Safeguarding Casework Officer – or 07341 866832


Finding Further Support

We understand that reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. Therefore, here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).

Church of England Safeguarding Policy Statement