Safeguarding Matters

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The Diocese of Liverpool takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England's robust procedures and guidelines. This section gives you the information you need to make sure that you protect those who are vulnerable.

Reporting Abuse

If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger, or requires immediate medical attention, call 999.

If you do not think there is a risk of immediate harm, you should still report it. If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of harm you should approach your local children or adult social care department.

You should inform our Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser about any case where a child or vulnerable adult appears to be at risk or where an adult appears to present a risk.You should inform them of any safeguarding concerns involving a Church Officer.  A ‘Church Officer’ is anyone appointed/elected by or on behalf of the Church to a post or role, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or unpaid.

The diocesan safeguarding team is committed to responding to safeguarding concerns, providing advice, and supporting survivors.  We are not able to offer an emergency or 24-hour response. 

If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns directly to the NST please email

The Parish Safeguarding Handbook
The Church of England has published the Parish Safeguarding Handbook which brings into one place the key safeguarding responsibilities for parishes. It is designed to support the day to day safeguarding work of parishes and signposts to more detailed guidance.

The handbook is aimed at all who have a key role to play with children, young people1 and adults in a parish

Download and read the Parish Safeguarding Handbook
Other support

You may wish to contact one of these 24-hour helplines to report abuse

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).
Contacting the safeguarding team
Catriona Richardson, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
0151 705 2153 or 07887 510946

Andy Holmes,  Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
0151 705 2148
Ruth Reed, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Disabilities)
0151 705 2161/0151 709 9722
Why safeguarding matters
Everyone has a responsibility to keep children, young people and adults at risk safe.

All groups within the Liverpool Diocese which come into contact with children and adults should have specific safeguarding policies and procedures in place.

Liverpool Diocese PCCs need to make sure that the way their groups which work with children and adults keep them safe and do not place them at an unacceptable risk of harm.

They can do this through:
  • establishing, implementing and following good safeguarding policies and procedures including safe recruitment
  • ensuring all staff and volunteers are aware of and follow the organisation’s safeguarding policies and procedures
  • ensuring that all staff and volunteers receive safeguarding training.