Safeguarding is important to us. To ensure that we keep everyone safe, we have a Parish Safeguarding Officer, who does what is needed to keep children and vulnerable people safe. Local safeguarding queries for St. Nicholas church may initially addressed to her. For Lazonby she is:

Joanna Steele: Telephone: 01768 870454

Get more information on agencies to offer support by clicking on the DOWNOAD link below.  

We belong to the Diocese of Carlisle, and they also have an experienced safeguarding adviser:

Joanna Van Lachterop

T: 07458 016884
E: [email protected]

Joanna Van Lachterop works full-time for the diocese. If she is unavailable:

 If you believe a child may be at immediate risk, you must contact Westmoreland and Furness Safeguarding Hub using the 24 hour number 0300 373 2724 or the police. 

If the safeguarding issue involves and adult then Westmoreland and Furness Council Adult Social Care's  contact no. is:  0300 373 3301 or out of hours 01228 526690

Click on DOWNLOAD to get list of other useful help agencies and their phone numbers. Also you can download a copy of the Church of England keynote 'Promoting a Safer Church' policy approved by its House of Bishops, and adopted by our Parish Church Council. 

CLICK HERE to help you learn best safeguarding practice and to access Church of England safeguarding guidance documents.

St_Nicholas_safeguarding_info_Nov_2023_pdf, PDF


Promoting_a_safer_church_Safeguarding_policy_House_of_Bis_zbor9v6, PDF