The parish of Burnley (Habergham Eaves) St Matthew the Apostle is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. As a parish / church 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. Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the Safeguarding Policy Statement ‘Promoting a Safer Church’. We have our own Parish Safeguarding Officers: 

For children and young people: Mandi Vercoe
[email protected] 

For vulnerable adults: Nigel Baldwin 
[email protected]

For further information about our safeguarding policies and practices, please download and read the attachment at the bottom of this page. 

The Diocese of Blackburn’s safeguarding pages -  contains important information and website links.

If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. 

Cath Smith (Blackburn Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor - DSA)

Telephone: 07711 485170

Email: [email protected]

If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

If you would like further guidance on the process, you can find this here:

St_Matthews_Safeguarding_Policy_June_2021, PDF