Safeguarding is an area which we take very seriously in our parish and we work hard to develop a culture of safeguarding where all feel safe within the life of the parish. We have adopted 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.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Sarah Gardner. If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact Sarah in the first instance by email . Any further advice will be sought from Sharon Hassall, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), as necessary.
Alongside Sarah, we have a dedicated safeguarding team consisting of:
Rev'd Peter Lillicrap
Rev'd Hannah Boyd
Safeguarding concerns in a school/university/prison/healthcare setting should be raised with the relevant organisation's Safeguarding team. If the concern involves one of our chaplains, please also contact Sharon Hassall direct.
Sharon's contact details are:
Telephone: 01254 503070
Mobile: 07711 485170
Address: Diocese Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2Q
The Church of England's policy which combines children and adults safeguarding is available here.
St Mark's & St Luke's local safeguarding arrangements can be found here.
Everyone who works/volunteers with children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable needs to complete the C0 course and the C1 course. Both are interactive online courses, are completely free and each takes up to one hour to complete. All you need is access to the internet and an email address.
We also provide annual safeguarding refresher training to all those who work/volunteer with children, young people and adults.
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline 0808 800 5000 (lines are free and open 24 hours)
Childline 0800 1111
ParentPlus 07799 602858
Blackpool Children's Social Care 01253 477477
Blackpool Adult Care Services 01253 477592 | Emergency out of hours telephone 01253 477600
National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 (lines are free and open 24 hours)
Samaritans Helpline 116 123 (open 24 hours)
Action or Elder Abuse Helpline 0808 808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)
If you have immediate concerns call the Police
(either as an emergency 999 or non emergency 101)