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Last updated 30th November 2022

Diocesan Safeguarding Team Contacts

The Safeguarding Team can be contacted at Clayton House, Walker Office Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE on 01254 503088Individual contact details for the team are given below. 

Please note that all messages left for the team, by email, mobile or landline, are checked during normal office hours only. Messages are not routinely checked during evenings or weekends.

Requests for urgent assistance should be directed to the statutory authorities in Lancashire. (See a list of important telephone numbers on the parish toolkit page of the safeguarding pages.)

For emergency safeguarding advice, from June 1, 2021 when the DSA is unavailable (due to being on holiday or other absence) you are now able to receive emergency safeguarding cover via thirtyone:eight* on their helpline 0303 003 1111. 

This helpline is available 5pm to midnight weekdays and at weekends, in addition to holiday periods. The safeguarding helpline is not available between midnight and 7am. 

*thirtyone:eight is an independent Christian charity which helps individuals, organisations, charities, faith and community groups to protect vulnerable people from abuse.

Contact details

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Sharon Hassall

 M: 07711 485170

 E:  safeguarding@blackburn.anglican.org




Safeguarding Trainer and Volunteer Co-ordinator

Ann Cooney

M: 07384 607837

E: ann.cooney@blackburn.anglican.org

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Sophie Booth

M: 07468 971759

E: sophie.booth@blackburn.anglican.org

Safeguarding Administration

Claudia Aspey


T: 01254 503088

Chair of the Blackburn Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel

Simon Bass

The purpose of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel is to provide advice, scrutiny and, where necessary, challenge to the Diocesan Bishop, the Diocese and Blackburn Cathedral regarding the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.

The panel aims to ensure that both the current statutory and relevant House of Bishops’ practice guidance is adhered to by the Bishop and by all diocesan and cathedral staff and office holders.

Simon can be contacted through his email, simon@churchsafeguarding.com

Splitz Support Service

If you need a confidential, personal and safe space to talk to someone please contact Splitz Support Service.  Splitz Support Service are a specialist support and advocacy charity with experience in working with survivors of church-related abuse. 

From the 9th January 2023, First Light will be the new provider of the support service and their details will be added shortly. 

Complaints procedure

The primary aims of Blackburn Diocese’s safeguarding service are to protect children and vulnerable adults from harm, promote their welfare, and minimise risk wherever possible by raising awareness and providing a robust structure whereby any concerns can be reported and receive a prompt and efficient response.

No individual or organisation is perfect and in pursuing these vital aims it is possible that mistakes can be made, either in process or communication or in some other way. In recognition of this, Blackburn Diocese has a procedure for dealing with complaints. 

Click here to download the complaints procedure.




Ronnie Semley, last updated October 2022