Diocese of Carlisle



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.

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Joanna Van Lachterop
Joanna works full-time for the diocese. If she is unavailable and you believe a child may be at immediate risk, you must contact Cumbria Children's Services using the 24 hour number (0333 240 1727) or the police.

T: 07458 016884
E: safeguarding.adviser@carlislediocese.org.uk

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.

From 6 January, 2020, the contact numbers for the (Children's) Early Help Team and the Local Authority Designate Officer (LADO) have changed. Early Help and LADO Contact details are available here. 

Joanna 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.

Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces: an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse

Launched in September 2020, this service offers support to survivors of church-related abuse whether or not a report has been made. This independent service is run by the charity Victim Support and funded by the Church of England together with the Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Church in Wales. It is free to access via telephone, email or web-chat.

Links and Resources