We will do all we can to ensure that our worshipping communities offer the safest places for children and vulnerable people. Our office is based in Gloucester.

Latest Newsletter

Jan 24, 2024 – Safeguarding News – January 2024
Oct 17, 2023 – Safeguarding News – October 2023
Sep 18 – Safeguarding News – September 2023
Jul 10 – Safeguarding News – July 2023
Jun 19 – Safeguarding News – June 2023
May 26 – Safeguarding News – May 2023


Who’s Who

Judith Knight JK HR

Judith Knight

Director of People, Pastoral and Safeguarding
Call us 07801 750664

Judith leads on all Safer Recruitment issues

Brett Riches

Brett Riches

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Call us 01452 835516 (Office hours) / 07944 680320 (Out of hours)*

Brett works Monday to Thursday.  He is the diocesan lead for all safeguarding casework and advice/guidance on safeguarding matters generally.

*Out of hours cover on weekends is provided by thirtyone:eight – 0303 003 1111

Mel Biscoe

Melanie Biscoe

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Call us01452 835516 (Office hours) / 07944 680320 (Out of hours)*

Melanie is our Assistant DSA and works full time.  Melanie triages safeguarding enquiries and calls, and also has a lead safeguarding connection role with Sportily.

*Out of hours cover on weekends is provided by thirtyone:eight – 0303 003 1111


Becca Faal

Becca Faal

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Call us 07401 197280
Becca is the Diocesan Strategic Lead for all our safeguarding training and learning.  With the national framework for learning pathways and creativity in having spotlight areas to raise awareness about, working with partner organisations and bringing her own professional experience, Becca works Weds-Friday each week.

Cathy McIntyre

Safeguarding Training Administrator
Call us01452 835558

Cathy is the contact for safeguarding training administration including answering your queries about how to log on to the national Church of England training portal for the online Basic and Foundation courses.

This post links directly with all our clergy, PTO clergy and Readers and automatically books them on to refresher training at the appropriate time to keep our records accurate and issues the completion certificates when training has been completed.

Kate Peake

Kate Peake

DBS and Safer Recruitment Administrator
Call us07401 284087
Kate works weekdays except Weds, from 9.30am to 4pm. She administers our processes including DBS, and our three year rolling recheck process. Please email Kate for any of your Safer Recruitment or DBS related questions.

Reporting abuse and finding support

Please see our page: Support for victims and survivors. We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. We offer many different ways to get in touch, that may help with that initial contact.

NSPCC helpline for Children and Adults: 0800 80 20 20
This is a special helpline that has been set up for the Past Case review 2 for those who have been affected either directly or indirectly by abuse in a church or cathedral setting. Calls will be handled sensitively and confidentially.

This flier, Responding Well: A guide to support for victims and survivors of church-based abuse is also a helpful resource.

The Safeguarding Team is available at all times to help support you and provide advice and guidance. Please see contact details above, and some of the different methods available on our page:

Support for Victims and Survivors


Chair of the Advisory Panel

Introducing our new Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel, Debbie Innes-Turville.