Heavenly Father, we embrace Your call for us to make disciples, to be witnesses and to grow leaders. Give us the eyes to see your vision, ears to hear the prompting of Your spirit and courage to follow in the footsteps of your son, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Diocese of Blackburn Vision 2026
‘HEALTHY CHURCHES TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES’
Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of everyone. It is central to our mission and ministry and is integral in the Diocesan Vision which asks us to consider how to make our church communities healthier. These safeguarding documents demonstrate and guide all those in the Diocese of Blackburn on the part that they need to play to ensure the church is a safe environment where concerns are responded to and people can flourish. By drawing in specialist support where needed and by working together in a transparent way, all those with safeguarding responsibility in parishes and the Diocese can help to create healthy Church communities which have a positive and transformative effect on our society.
All churches and faith communities are required to have in place arrangements which include:
· Procedures to identify, respond to and report concerns
· Codes of safer practice
· Safer recruitment procedures
Our policies will govern the work undertaken with children, young people and vulnerable adults who attend church or take part in activities on church premises (or that are organised by the church) within the parish.
Liability insurance in relation to such issues may be invalidated if such policy is not in place and being implemented.
Any concerns in the Diocese should be brought to the attention of the Church Safeguarding Officer (CSO) (parishes) who can seek advice from Sharon Hassall, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA). Other areas of the Diocese (e.g. chaplaincies) should contact Sharon Hassall directly.
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Walker Office Park
Tel: 01254 503 070
Mobile: 07711 485 170