Our Church Family- Safeguarding

St Mark's is firmly committed to Safeguarding, thus providing an environment where everyone is welcomed, safe and flourishes. In church you will find copies of our safeguarding policies and details of our Safeguarding Officer. St Mark's follows policies and procedures as set by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, the website addresses below will take you to the Blackburn Diocesan Safeguarding section of the site for further information. 

Reporting a concern

Any safeguarding concerns within the context of our church life and community should be brought to the attention of our Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) in the first instance (details below), who can seek further advice from Sharon Hassall, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), as necessary.


Parish Safeguarding Officer

Sandra Moolgoaker 

Email: [email protected]

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer 

Sharon Hassall

Telephone: 01254 503070

Mobile: 07711 485170

Email: [email protected]

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

Links to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be found here:



Finding support

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:

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.