Safeguarding

St Christopher with St. Nicholas takes Safeguarding seriously and has adopted a Safeguarding Policy in line with the recommendations from the Church of England, Promoting a Safer Church, available below. Our Safeguarding Officer is Bill Greene, and his contact number is 07738 068256. We are committed to following the guidelines in the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, available on the diocesan website.

https://www.blackburn.anglican.org/overview

Promoting a Safer Church

As a parish/church we have adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance.

Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church.

Details of our parish safeguarding officer can be found in the attached ‘Safeguarding in our Parish – who’s who. 

 We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our church/parish  

All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.

 

Reporting a concern

Any safeguarding concerns in a parish should be brought to the attention of the local Parish Safeguarding Officer(s) (PSO) in the first instance, who can seek further advice from Sharon Hassall, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), as necessary.

Sharon’s contact details are:

Telephone: 01254 503070

Mobile: 07711 485170

Email: sharon.hassall@blackburn.anglican.org

Address: Diocese Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2Q

 

Links to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be found here:

https://www.blackburn.anglican.org/diocesan-safeguarding-team
https://www.blackburn.anglican.org/reporting-a-safeguarding-concern

 

Finding support

We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and that not everyone may want to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Below is a list of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)