Safeguarding - Promoting a Safer Church

The parish of Woodkirk: St Mary is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Leeds’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church. St Mary's Church, Woodkirk has adopted the Church of England Safeguarding Policy from the House of Bishops.

A copy of the Promoting a Safer Church booklet is displayed on the notice board in the church porch as well as in the Parish Centre.

If you have immediate safeguarding concerns please see below for the relevant contact information.

Vicar – Rev Sharon Wilkinson – 01924 472375 – Mob 07539 466724

Parish Safeguarding Officer – Dawn Tattersfield – 07840 739239

Diocesan Safeguarding Officers – Jenny Leccardi – 0113 3530259/ 07872 005189 or Jenny Price – 0113 3530258 and 07800 740001

Local Authority Social Services

Children – 0113 376 0336 – Out of hours – 0113 240 9536

Adults – 0113 2224401 – Out of hours – 0771 2106378

If there is immediate risk or danger, please contact the Police on 999.

Childline 0800 1111

See the latest downloads below:

Parish-Safeguarding-Handbook-March-2019, PDF


SaferChurch-Poster-2019, JPEG


Safeguarding_Policy_2022, PDF