Swansea and Brecon Anglicans focus on safeguarding

The Diocese of Swansea and Brecon is holding a safeguarding conference to support clergy and church people working with children and vulnerable adults.

The conference at Brecon Cathedral today will provide information and practical advice on child and elder abuse, domestic violence, e-safety, and sham and forced marriages.

There will be a presentation from the Powys youth movement 'Eat Carrots and be Safe from Elephants'. A drama called ‘Masks’ presented by the youth of the Diocese touches on internet bullying, domestic abuse and life in homes where the consumption of alcohol and illegal drugs is a problem.

Dr Gill Todd, Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee said: “Church members come into regular contact with children and vulnerable adults through church activities, work with schools and youth organisations, and through work with families across the diocese which stretches from Rhossili on the Gower peninsula diagonally across Wales to Beguildy in Powys.

"This conference is demonstrating that the Church is taking very seriously the pastoral care which its churches offer and provide through their contact with people with specific needs”.

The conference will be opened by the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, the Right Reverend John Davies, who said, “The Church needs to address all the difficult issues which exist in society and to do everything possible keep everyone safe and sound.”