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Last updated 27th January 2020

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:
  • 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.

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.