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Last updated 26th May 2021

Reporting a safeguarding concern

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


Safeguarding concerns in a school/universtity/prison/healthcare setting should be raised with the relevant organisation's Safeguarding team.

If the concern involves one of our chaplains, please also contact Sharon Hassall direct. 

Sharon's contact details are:

  • T: 01254 503088
  • M: 07711 485170
  • E: sharon.hassall@blackburn.anglican.org
  • P: Diocese Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn  BB1 2QE

Sharon or a member of the safeguarding team is available between the hours of 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday.  If you have a safeguarding emergency outside of these hours, please ring the social care emergency duty team in your area or if someone is in immediate danger please ring the police on 999.

New emergency safeguarding out of hours helpline

The Diocese of Blackburn now partners with Thirtyone:eight in relation to Disclosure (i.e. DBS) services and accessing their safeguarding Helpline. For DBS related queries, please contact them on 03030031111 option 1; Mon-Fri, 09am -5pm only)

For emergency safeguarding advice, from the 1st of June 2021, when the DSA is unavailable (due to being on holiday or other absence), you are now able to contact Thirtyone:eight who will offer emergency safeguarding cover via the Helpline (0303 003 1111).  This helpline is available 5pm to 12pm weekdays and at weekends, in addition to holiday periods.  The safeguarding helpline is closed between midnight and 7am. 

An Information Sharing Agreement between the two organisations will allow for the DSA to receive a copy of the advice Thirtyone:eight may offer the parish church/caller. For all policy related queries please refer to the Diocesan website for more information here

ALL parishes must have safeguarding contact information accessible on their website homepage - for more information on this - including suggested wording - visit the Safeguarding 'Overview' page of this website. 

Survivor Support Services

A list of organisations offering support to survivors is available to download here.