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 now offering Safeguarding training Levels 2 & 3.

Level 2 is for the Minister/Trustees/Deacons/Leaders/ DPS and all those who work with children, young people and/or adults at risk.

Level 3 is for the Minister/Trustees/Deacons/Leaders and DPS. You need to have completed Level 2 training before attending Level 3.

The charge is £20 per person for each session or £35 if you attend Levels 2 & 3 on the same day.


Places available to book online are limited to 15 people per training session.

We expect places to be filled very quickly so please do book as soon as you can. Level 2 is from 9.30am to 12.30pm and Level 3 is from 1.30-4.30pm.

You need to have completed Level 2 training before attending Level 3.


South Molton Baptist Church, New Road, South Molton EX36 4BH

Sat 17 September, Levels 2 & 3



Brixham Baptist Church, Market St, Brixham, TQ5 8EU

Sat 1 October, Levels 2 & 3



Westward Ho! Baptist Church, Nelson Drive, Westward Ho! EX39 1LQ

Sat 8 October (afternoon) Level 3 only



Mutley Baptist Church, Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6LB

Sat 12 November, Levels 2 & 3



Creech St Michael Baptist Church, St Michael Road TA3 5QQ

Sat 26 November, Levels 2 & 3



If places are fully booked, we will be running a waiting list. Please email your name, church, training date, venue and number of people you’d like to book to