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.

We have updated Section 4 and Section 6 of the Diocesan safeguarding people policy to take account of new  policies approved by the House of Bishops in particular an updated policy on safe recruitment and a procedure for managing serious situations. The safe recruitment procedures issued in 2014 to provide a clear process for appointment of volunteers to work with children and vulnerable adults within parishes are largely unchanged.We have also issued new one page guides for parishes on recording safegarding incidents and management and retention of parish safeguarding records.  Fuller details on these changes are being sent to both clergy and parish safeguarding coordinators. 

The programme for Foundation Training and Parish Co-ordinators Briefings for the period from September 2015 to March 2016 is published below.    

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.


Safer Recruitment June 2015Safer Recruitment June 2015
File size  951kb    File date 17 Nov 2015
Guide to Recording Safeguarding incidentsGuide to Recording Safeguarding incidents
File size  114kb    File date 17 Nov 2015
Cathedral DBS SpreadsheetCathedral DBS Spreadsheet
File size  10kb    File date 17 Nov 2015
Cathedral DBS GuidanceCathedral DBS Guidance
File size  48kb    File date 17 Nov 2015
Training Programme Sept 2015 to March 2016Training Programme Sept 2015 to March 2016
File size  127kb    File date 13 Oct 2015
Refugees and Asylum SeekersRefugees and Asylum Seekers
File size  350kb    File date 23 Sep 2015
SCC Parish Electronic Media PolicySCC Parish Electronic Media Policy
File size  74kb    File date 30 May 2015
Ulverston Parish Church Mobile Phone PolicyUlverston Parish Church Mobile Phone Policy
File size  129kb    File date 30 May 2015
St Marks Church Use of Social Media PolicySt Marks Church Use of Social Media Policy
File size  59kb    File date 30 May 2015
Methodist GuidelinesMethodist Guidelines
File size  494kb    File date 30 May 2015
Carlisle Diocese Authorised Listeners ServiceCarlisle Diocese Authorised Listeners Service
File size  291kb    File date  3 Mar 2015
Checklist for ChurchesChecklist for Churches
File size  62kb    File date 23 Apr 2014
Leadership Training Module 2014Leadership Training Module 2014
File size  33kb    File date 23 Apr 2014
Secure Handling of Disclosure InformationSecure Handling of Disclosure Information
File size  16kb    File date 23 Apr 2014


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