‘Safeguarding is part of our core faith and an integral feature of Christian life
in our parish churches’
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).
Reporting a concern
Any safeguarding concern in this parish should be brought to the attention of our Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) Lesley Slack, 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
Address: Diocese Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2Q
Links to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be found here:
As a parish church, St John's 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.
St John’s have appointed Lesley Slack as the Church Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO). Contact: 07702 815026
We have also displayed the poster 'Promoting a Safer Church' prominently within our church.
All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment and completed safeguarding training.