Safeguarding & Inclusion

"Wherever I go across the diocese, churches are engaging in excellent children’s work and youth activities, as well as running drop-ins, lunch-clubs, food banks and street pastors, reaching out to some of the more vulnerable members of our society.
Because of the potential of just one person to cause terrible damage to the lives of children or vulnerable adults – and appalling collateral damage to the life of their families, friends and church community – the risk is one that we must guard against with utmost vigilance.
Could I therefore urge all parishes and worshiping communities to ensure that the protocols on these pages are implemented and reviewed regularly in line with diocesan policy, while thanking you for every way in which your church is having a transformative effect on the lives of others." - Bishop Andrew

Church of England Safeguarding Review


View the Church of England Safeguarding Review.




IICSA's investigation into the Anglican Church in England and Wales

The first public hearings in the investigation into the Anglican Church by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse started on Monday 5 March and will run for three weeks until Friday 23 March. The timetable is published on the Inquiry website and the hearings themselves are streamed live and transcripts available at the end of each day.



Contact details, and how, to report a safeguarding concern or incident.

Safeguarding Policy and Implementation

Includes national safeguarding policies and national practice guidance. Details the steps parishes must take ​to successfully implement the diocesan safeguarding policy.

Safeguarding Resources

Local Diocesan Protocols & resources to help parishes implement the safeguarding policy, including safer recruitment, risk assessments, lone working and ​more, such as social media, the PREVENT strategy & posters.


Details of what safeguarding training is on offer, who should take which training, links to online training courses, all upcoming training dates and the online booking form.

DBS Checks

Guidance on the roles which require DBS checks, supporting contacts and the application process.

Safeguarding Events

All upcoming safeguarding events and events on safeguarding topics. 

The Safeguarding Team

Find out how each member of the team can help you on matters of safeguarding and get in touch.
LyndaDonaldsonWeb2 Lynda Donaldson

HR Director and Head of Safeguarding

01483 790310

IanBerry1 Ian Berry

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Child and Adult Protection)

0754 456 6850

jane huttly1 Jane Huttly

Diocesan Safeguarding Training and Development Coordinator

01483 790321

Boo Boo Squires

Safeguarding Administrator

01483 790354

LindaH Linda Hayward

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Manager

01483 790331