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:

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults 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.

Cumbria County Council Children's Services

0333 240 1727

Urgent concerns about vulnerable adults should be referred to your local District social care office (or 01228 526690 out of normal office hours).  

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

Diocesan Policy

Diocesan Synod approved the new policy on 10 March 2012 and it is updated in line with with national guidance from statutory agencies and the Church of England. It provides best practice advice so 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).  It is laid out in an easy to reference format, with contents, checklists and practical templates to use in the appendicies.    

Click here to access the Diocesan Safeguarding People Policy

There is a PDF (downloadable below) for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the policy.

Updates on 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 are addressing these over the coming year.

To read the full report click here. To read our Action Plan to address the Issues for Consideration click here.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Panel

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

  • The Right Reverend Robert Freeman, Bishop of Penrith (Acting chair who has lead responsibility for safeguarding in the Diocese).
  • The Reverend Canon Cameron Butland, Bishop's Chaplain
  • Derek Hurton, Carlisle Diocesan Secretary
  • The Venerable Richard Pratt, Archdeacon of West Cumberland
  • Graham Kay, Lancashire and Cumbria Methodist District Safeguarding Co-ordinator
  • David Mills (retired Senior Probation Officer)

Further Information

The Church of England documents relating to safeguarding are a useful resource for all those working vulnerable people.  They can accessed through the Church of England website or Church House Publishing.  They include:

  • Protecting all God's Children -4th edition (2010)
  • Promoting a Safe Church (2006)
  • Responding to domestic abuse (2006)
  • Responding well to those who have been sexually abused (2011)

Click here to go to the Church of England national website page on Safeguarding.


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