Reporting a Safeguarding Concern

If a Safeguarding concern has arisen in your church/missional community, you should first report your concern to the named Designated Person in your setting.

If your church/mission community is a member of South West Baptist Association, you can contact Kath Needham – our Safeguarding Lead - to discuss your concerns.

Kath is contactable by email at or by selecting option 1 after dialling 01392 433533.

Introducing our Safeguarding Lead, Kath Needham

Kath writes,

Hello!! My name is Kath Needham and I am the new Partnership Safeguarding Lead for South West Baptist Association, West of England Baptist Network and South Wales Baptist Association.

I am a Christian and an active member of my local Baptist Church in Worle, Weston-super-Mare. I have a heart for service and pastoral care. I am a qualified Social Worker and, for over 20 years, have been working predominantly in adult social care in both the voluntary and statutory sector. I am really excited to have this opportunity to bring together my professional skills and experiences, as well as my passion to ensure church is a welcoming, safe and inclusive place for everybody.

I enjoy the great outdoors and, with my husband and/or friends, spend many an hour trundling around the hills and trails locally and further afield in the UK when the opportunity arises.


Rob Dymond is the Safeguarding Trustee for the South West Baptist Association. If you wish to contact Rob you can do so here.


We are pleased to say that Safeguarding training is up and running again and you can now book online.

Our next training day is on Saturday 2nd July at St Thomas Baptist Church, Dorset Avenue, Exeter EX4 1LZ.

Level 2 in the morning (9.30am-12.30pm) is now FULLY BOOKED but some spaces are still available for Level 3 in the afternoon (1.30-4.30pm). To book for Level 3, please CLICK HERE.

If you'd like to go on the waiting list for Level 2, please contact giving your name, church and email address.

Places are limited and offered on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

If you have any queries about booking a place, please email Kathy Browne:

We will be offering more training days in the autumn. Please keep an eye on this page for further details of dates and venues.