Our Church Family - Safeguarding

Here at St Peter and St Paul's, we celebrate that we are united as God's family through our common faith in Jesus Christ, we are brothers and sisters in the Lord! As with any family, we are made up of young and old, coming from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are a Church that welcomes all and celebrates all members as part of our community. Safeguarding is therefore a priority, especially for the young and vulnerable adults. We follow all Diocesan Safeguarding policies and our leaders are DBS checked and complete safeguarding training, and updates. Copies of our policies are available in church and contact details for our Safeguarding Officer are below. You can also contact our parish priest, Fr Eddie, via email from this site.   

Reporting a concern

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


Parish Safeguarding Officer for Rishton, St Peter and St Paul 

Julie Anderson 07759899193

Confidential email for parish matters- [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.