Wells Cathedral, in all aspects of its life, is committed to and will promote the safeguarding of children, young people and adults who may be at risk of harm, neglect or abuse.

For information about the Safeguarding Audit, please click here

Despite all protective measures, those who are determined to exploit and abuse others can sometimes find a way to do so.

The Chapter adopts the House of Bishops’ National Safeguarding Policies and Practice, details of which are available on the Church of England website here.

We work very closely with the Diocesan Safeguarding team and use their resources to ensure best practice in the management and training of safeguarding and to give capacity for investigations. We also work with statutory bodies and other agencies to foster and deliver best practice within our community.



For more information about our Safeguarding policy, principles and practices, or our Complaints Policy please contact the Cathedral Safeguarding Lead (also Chapter Clerk and Administrator) at:

Cathedral Offices, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2UE. Tel. 01749 832218,

The Church of England has commissioned an independent audit of cathedral arrangements for keeping people safe from harm and abuse. These mandatory audits follow those carried out at diocesan level in the last few years. For details of Wells Cathedral’s audit, click here.

If you are a victim or survivor of abuse that happened in the Cathedral setting whether that be today, yesterday, recently or many years ago, please get in touch using any of the contacts below:


Cathedral Safeguarding Lead (also Chapter Clerk and Administrator)

Mrs Jackie Croft
T: 01749 832 218 or 07799 644 589

Chapter member (responsible for Chapter’s oversight of Safeguarding matters)

The Revd Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle
T: 01749 674 483

Diocesan Safeguarding Manager

Ben Goodhind
T: 01749 685 135 or 07834 514 842
E: Ben.

Cathedral and Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Andy Duncan
T: 01749 685 135 or 07736 903 855

Somerset Direct

Children & Adults Social Care
T: 0300 123 2224


T: 0808 800 5000


T: 0800 1111


Emergency: 999
Non-Emergency: 101

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