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Promoting a Safer Church
At Whalley Abbey we have adopted the House of
Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook,
incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance.
Whalley Abbey has formally adopted this and signed
the Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church.
We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer
Church poster prominently within Whalley Abbey.
All those working with children and adults
at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and
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/university/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
Sharon's contact details are:
Telephone: 01254 503070
Mobile: 07711 485170
Address: Diocese Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park,
Blackburn, BB1 2Q
Links to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be
We understand reporting abuse may be
very difficult and that not everyone may want to contact the Diocesan
Safeguarding Team. Below is a list of other agencies that are available to
assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:
Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines
free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you
are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
Violence Helpline: 0808
2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if
you are experiencing domestic abuse.
Samaritans Helpline: 116
123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need
someone to talk to.
Action on Elder
Abuse Helpline: 080
8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).