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:

Local Safeguarding Representative

Mrs Judith Dixon – (015394) 34512
(Office hours: Tues, Weds & Thurs mornings 9 – 12) at any time
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Joanna Van Lachterop– (07458) 016884

Joanna works on a part-time basis checking both emails and phone calls at least daily. If she 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
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