The welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is an absolute priority for the Church.  Safeguarding shows God's love in action and in churches demonstrates safety and security, where abuse and mistreatment of others is not tolerated.

If you are concerned that someone you know about may be suffering harm please contact:

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Mr Charles Proctor - 07458 016884

Charles works on a part-time basis checking both emails and phone calls at least daily. If he is unavailable and you believe a child be at immediate risk, you must contact Cumbria Childrens Services using the 24 hour number below, or the police. 

Charles is on Annual Leave 21st August 2019 - 9th September 2019. In an emergency you can contact Ruth Rogan in the DSA team at Newcastle (07825 167016) between 21 - 27 August or Jenny Price in the DSA team at Leeds (07800 740001) between 28 August and 6 September. 

Cumbria County Council Children's Services

The multi-agency safeguarding hub or an out of hours social worker can be contacted on:

0333 240 1727


Urgent concerns about vulnerable adults should be referred to your local District Adult Social Care office (details available on the Cumbria County Council website) or the Emergency Duty Team: 01228 526690 out of normal office hours.  

Charles is also happy to answer other questions and provide advice relating to these issues or policies.  

 If you have a complaint about safeguarding in our diocese, we have a diocesan Complaints Procedure and a Whistleblowing Policy

Please note that although a number of our Parishes have some guidance from a Bishop outside Cumbria (Extended, Episcopal, Oversight) on Safeguarding matters they follow Diocesan procedures & advice. 



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The House of BIshops

The House of Bishops has said:
“The Church of England, its Archbishops, Bishops, clergy and leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.

Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.

The Church of England affirms the ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding. This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent policy and practice across all Church bodies, Church Officers and that everyone associated with the Church, who comes into contact with children, young people and adults, has a role to play. 
The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ's Ministry towards children, young people and adults; to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm (Promoting a Safer Church 2017).”

Read Promoting a Safer Church

Diocesan Policy

Our Diocesan Synod has adopted Church of England policy & guidance agreed by the House of Bishops together with the statutory guidance issued to support the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Church of England policy and guidance seeks to ensure that church activities involving children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable are run in a fun, safe, thoughtful and caring way. You should also refer to it if concerned about a particular person(s). Church policy and guidance includes requirements made of the diocese, bishops, leaders, church organisations and parishes, and suggested checklists and practical templates to use included in appendices. To these we have added briefings and other specifically diocesan policies that support safeguarding in the Carlisle Diocese.

We have divided up the policy & guidance we have adopted under five headings. The first four are of particular relevance to safeguarding in our parishes. The five headings are:
• Roles and Responsibilities in Safeguarding
• Safer Recruitment
• Retention of Records
• Domestic Abuse
• Receiving and Managing Allegations and those who may pose a Risk to others

Nationally, the Church of England has published a Parish Safeguarding Handbook, which aims to draw together the main messages and requirements found in the guidance agreed by the House of Bishops.

To see these policies go to Our Diocesan Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Training

As a Church we are required to best equip our leaders and people to recognise and respond to safeguarding issues. The House of Bishops has therefore agreed a detailed guidance document that addresses training in core aspects of safeguarding within the context of worshipping communities. At the present time these requirements apply to all leaders (ordained and lay leaders) and those working or volunteering on behalf of church communities with children, young people or vulnerable adults. They apply therefore to all members of the Church of England leading or working in new or emerging forms of Church, including mission communities.  This practice guidance has been recently reviewed. 

Read the Practice Guidance: Safeguarding and Development here

For a summary of training requirements and to find out what they involve and how to book go to Safeguarding Training

To find out about training near you go to Training Events


Cathedral Policy

Carlisle Cathedral follows the same national policies and guidance as the Diocese. To meet the specific needs of a Cathedral church, the Cathedral Chapter has approved a comprehensive safeguarding policy.

To see this go to Carlisle Cathedral Safeguarding

Audit of Safeguarding in the Diocese.

During November of 2016, the Diocese was visited by two auditors from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). SCIE has been asked to audit the safeguarding arrangements in every diocese of the Church of England, and our lead auditor has accumulated significant experience of safeguarding in the Church across a number of dioceses.

The report is very positive in terms of leadership commitment from our Bishops and senior clergy, and how we are developing safeguarding. The auditors thought the work of the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) to be sound, and felt that our independently chaired Safeguarding Panel wants to be increasingly effective.

There were inevitably issues we need to address to be even better. These are discussed in the body of the report and reflected in the Issues for Consideration listed by the auditors. Some are about improving processes (for example, how we progress Disclosure & Barring Service – DBS – checks). Some are important for the future of continued good safeguarding in our Diocese (for example better supporting parishes, delivering our Training Plan, and knowing which church communities are on top of safeguarding and which need support).


We have been able to make substantial progress against the issues for consideration - to see how we are doing please see our Safeguarding Development Plan which is monitored quarterly by our DSAP, the bishops leadership team and the Cathedral Chapter.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP)

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel meets quarterly and has the following members:

  • Sarah Crouchley (Independent Chair, Associate thirtyone:eight formerly CCPAS)
  • The Reverend Canon Cameron Butland, Bishop's Chaplain
  • The Reverend Canon Jan Kearton, Canon Warden (safeguarding lead Carlisle Cathedral)
  • Derek Hurton, Carlisle Diocesan Secretary
  • The Venerable Lee Townend, Archdeacon of Carlisle (Archdeacons’ lead for safeguarding)
  • Graham Kay, Lancashire and Cumbria Methodist District Safeguarding Officer
  • Bev Lewis, Cumbria County Council Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
  • David Mills (retired Senior Probation Officer and member of General Synod)
  • Kristian Tjempsland (representing the Network Youth Churches)
  • The Reverend Nicki Pennington (Parish clergy member & former social worker)
  • Angela Walsh (Safeguard Lead, Cumbria Health on Call)
  • DC Anna Ritson (Offender Manager, Cumbria Police) 
  • Charles Proctor (DSA)


Further Information

The Church of England website contains a wealth of safeguarding resources and information, as does the Churches Together in Cumbria website.

You can access statutory safeguarding and early help guidance, details of local services, and information via the Cumbria LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children Board) website and the Cumbia County Council website.

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