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Last updated 20th November 2023

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 DSO 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 Officer

Cath Smith

 M: 07711485170




Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Officer

Sophie Booth

M: 07468 971759



Safeguarding Trainer and Volunteer Co-ordinator


M: 07384 607837 (not in use)



Safeguarding Administration

Claudia Aspey

T: 01254 503088

Chair of the Blackburn Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel

Catherine Randall

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.

Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces, the free national support service for victims and survivors of church-related abuse, will increase operational hours under a newly appointed independent provider, First Light, who take over the service from Monday 9th January.
Safe Spaces offers a confidential, personal, and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, The Church in Wales or The Catholic Church in England and Wales, regardless of disability, age, gender, or sexual orientation.

Safe Spaces Services will be available on 0300 303 1056
Opening hours will be extended to Monday to Friday 9am – 9pm, Saturday 9-1pm and Sunday from 1-5pm (excluding bank holidays, subject to review)
Safe Spaces can also be contacted at Safe Spaces England and Wales

Below are some downloadable Safe Spaces posters. 

Female, tear off poster

Male, tear off poster

QR code poster

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