Safeguarding Mission Statement

The Central Council for Church Bellringers (CCCBR) takes its safeguarding responsibilities seriously, believing that all ringers should feel safe and valued while involved in all aspects of bellringing

Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility. The welfare of a child, young person or an adult at risk is at all times paramount, and takes precedence over all other considerations.

The CCCBR will seek to support the entire ringing community to develop best practice in safeguarding by: 

  1. providing advice around the development of robust policies and processes for affiliated societies and other groups, 
  2. publishing clear guidelines of how to respond to concerns or allegations 
  3. developing a relationship with the Church of England and other relevant bodies in order that ringers and ringing can be properly represented when church policy is formed or revised
  4. encouraging all ringers to promote a positive safeguarding culture where everyone is treated with respect and dignity
  5. applying these principles to its own work and the welfare of its volunteers by:
    • implementing robust safeguarding policies & procedures; and
    • ensuring that relevant training has been provided.

To this end, the CCCBR will appoint suitably qualified and experienced Safeguarding Officers who, together with the Trustees of the CCCBR, will address the above in co-operation with the Safeguarding Leads of affiliated societies and others.

Safeguarding advice for young ringers online

In general bellringers are lovely people but very rarely things can go wrong. To help you stay safe when ringing online:

  • When you are going to a practice make sure there is someone you know and trust there.
  • If someone says something inappropriate use the “Report Behaviour” link on Ringing Room and tell an adult you trust (mum or dad, tower captain or another family member).
  • You can take screenshots to keep a record of conversations.
  • If you need more help or don’t know who to talk to, go to

The Central Council has two appointed Safeguarding Officers as follows:

David Bassford
Ann White

If you have any Safeguarding concern or question, please either contact them directly using their individual email addresses above. Emails sent to  will be forwarded to the Safeguarding Officers if they are of a safeguarding nature.

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