Delia Stokes has been appointed as the new part-time Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, working alongside Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) Hilary Higton.

Delia is a qualified teacher, originally with primary age children, but has also worked with adults delivering antenatal and parenting programmes. This led her into the world of family support work and safeguarding, most recently managing a team of Early Intervention Support workers in Worcestershire’s Children’s Centres and Early Help initiative.

As Assistant DSA, Delia will support Hilary in the implementation of safeguarding policy, good practice and training, and assist with advice and straightforward casework, developing links with parishes.

Delia said: 

“Throughout a varied career I have gained a real and practical understanding of safeguarding and this role is a great opportunity for me to use these skills in a new way. I’m looking forward to exploring the Diocese and getting to know new people in new places.”

Hilary said: 

“I’m delighted to have Delia working alongside me. The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser advises the Bishop and others responsible for the care of children and vulnerable adults throughout the Church in our diocese, and Delia’s appointment really demonstrates our commitment to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community.”

Delia lives in Bromsgrove with her husband David and four boys aged from 15 – 21. She was brought up in the Methodist Church and enjoys singing with the Birmingham Bach Choir, family times, and walking her two dogs.