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 – Mob 07539 466724

Parish Safeguarding Officer – Dawn Tattersfield – [email protected]

Diocesan Safeguarding Officers –0113 353 0257 

Monday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm - email [email protected]

Local Authority Social Services

Children – 0113 222 4403 – Out of hours – dial 999

Adults – 0113 222 4401 – Out of hours – dial 999

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

Childline 0800 1111

See the latest downloads below (updated February 2024):

Safeguarding policy statement 2024, PDF


Parish-Safeguarding-Handbook-March-2019, PDF


Safeguarding policy 2024, PDF