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Safeguarding Statement and Policy

Our parish safeguarding officers are Audrey McLennan and Katie Billinghurst and they can be contacted on 01253 353894/07362 755433 email: safeguarding@ststephenblackpool.co.uk

 

Promoting a safer church

St Stephen on the Cliffs 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 

We also display the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our church. This is in the entrance hall to church along with relevant phone numbers and contact details.

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

Reporting a concern

 

If you believe that someone is at risk of immediate harm please call emergency services on 999

 

Any safeguarding concerns in a parish should be brought to the attention of your local parish safeguarding officer(s) (PSO) in the first instance.

Name Audrey McLennan or Katie Billinghurst 01253 353894/07362 755433 email: safeguarding@ststephenblackpool.co.uk

 

The PSO can seek further advice from the diocesan safeguarding team as necessary. Concerns can also be raised directly with the diocesan safeguarding team

 

Safeguarding team contact details

safeguarding@blackburn.anglican.org

Telephone: 01254 503088

 

Assistant DSA - Sophie Booth

sophie.booth@blackburn.anglican.org

07468971759

 

DSA - Catherine Smith

catherine.smith@blackburn.anglican.org

07711485170

 

Safeguarding trainer - Andrea Richards

andrea.richards@blackburn.anglican.org

07484073146

 

Safeguarding administrator - Claudia Aspey

laudia.aspey@blackburn.anglican.org

01254 503088

 

Address: Diocese offices, Clayton House, Walker Office Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE

 

Safeguarding concerns in a school/university/prison/healthcare setting should be raised with the relevant organisation's safeguarding team.

 

Finding support

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

Thirty One: Eight: 0303 003 1111 (out of hours and weekend safeguarding advice)

 

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 9am to 5pm).

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