Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Blackburn: Saint Andrew


The Parish of St. Andrew's is committed to high standards in the safeguarding and care of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Promoting a Safer Church

As a parish/church St Andrew's has 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.

Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church, at a meeting on 17th June 2019.

We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our church/parish.

All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.

Details of our parish safeguarding officer can be found below in the ‘Safeguarding in our Parish – who’s who? 2019', (found below) which is displayed in church.

Safeguarding in St Andrew’s, Blackburn – who’s who? 2019

The Vicar        

The Churchwardens       Mrs Janet Smith 07949176482            Mrs Geralde Bancroft 07875215427

The Parish Safeguarding Officer        Mrs Geralde Bancroft 07875215427

Sunday School, Youth Club Coordinators            Mrs Janet Smith 07949176482

Who to talk to if you experience,observe or are told about Safeguarding concerns?

Mrs Geralde Bancroft (PSO) or any of the above.

Or contact Sharon Hassall, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) direct. (details below)


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.

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 Hassall direct.

Sharon's contact details are:--Telephone: 01254 503070 --Mobile: 07711 485170

Email: [email protected]

Address: Diocese Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE

Links to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be found here:

Important Contact Numbers

St Andrew’s Safeguarding Officer 07875 215427/01254 201366 Ring Gerie Bancroft with any concerns

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor 07711 485170/01254 503415 Ring Sharon Hassall with any concerns

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.

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 Lines free and open 24 hours. Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 Lines free and 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 Lines free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm.

Parish_Safeguarding_Handbook_October_2018, PDF