The parish of Blackburn St James is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies which our PCC have formally adopted. Our Parish Safeguarding Handbook is attached below.
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Hazel Shaw 01254 54060 or 07522 352550.
All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.
Reporting a 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.
We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult. Below is a list of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
Children and young people
Local Authority Children’s Services/Social Care - Lancashire: 0300 123 6720
Out of hours’ emergency Children’s Social Care duty Team - 0300 123 6722
NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
ChildLine - 0800 1111
Adults Social Care: 0300123 6721
Out of hours’ emergency Adult’s Social Care duty Team - 0845 053 0028:
Age UK - 0300 303 1234
Action on Elder Abuse - 0808 808 8141
Alzheimer’s Society - 0300 222 11 22
24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000247
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Sharon Hassall) - 07711 485170
Safeguarding Assistant (Julie Grimshaw) 01254 503088
Churches Child protection advisory service - 0845 120 4550 (need to say from Blackburn diocese)
For other useful numbers - http://www.blackburn.anglican.org