Promoting a Safer Church

Safeguarding at St Bartholomew, Chipping

The parish of St Bartholomew, Chipping has adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance. 

Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church. 

We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our church.

All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.

If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact a member of St Bartholomew’s parish safeguarding team.

St Bartholomew’s Parish Safeguarding Team

Revd Wilma Colley 01995 61252

Parish Safeguarding Officers
Judith Mace 07906 022911
Liz Seed 01995 61325

Children’s Champions
Mia Gatrell 01995 678102
Joanna Whiteside 01995 61459

Barbara Butters 01995 61586 
Simon Hore 01995 61021
Laura Hunt 01995 61741
Clive Thompson 01254 826704

Safeguarding documents - click to view

Reporting a concern

Any safeguarding concerns in a parish should be brought to the attention of the local Parish Safeguarding Officer(s) (PSO) in the first instance, who can seek further advice from Catherine Smith, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), as necessary. 

Safeguarding concerns in a school/university/prison/healthcare setting should be raised with the relevant organisation’s Safeguarding team. If the concern involves one of Blackburn Diocese’s chaplains, please also contact Catherine Smith direct. 

Catherine’s contact details are:
Telephone: 01254 503070
Mobile: 07711 485170

Links to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be found here:

Finding support
We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and that not everyone may want to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Below is a list of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.