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Last updated 28th March 2023


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

Cath Smith

 M: 07711 485170


Safeguarding Trainer and Volunteer Co-ordinator

Ann Cooney

M: 07384 607837


Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Sophie Booth

M: 07468 971759


Safeguarding Administrator 

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 Chichester 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,

Safe Spaces

A free, national support service independently run by Victim Support. It provides a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either The Church of England or The Catholic Church of England and Wales. 

In common with other CofE Dioceses we are promoting this service and we have placed information and full contact details below, you can access the Safe Spaces website here.

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 February 2022


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