We place a high priority on keeping those in our care, whether children, young people or vulnerable adults safe.

Read our Parish Safeguarding Guidlines

As a church we have adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating 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. Details of our parish safeguarding officer can be found below. We have also displayed ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ poster prominently within our church. All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.

St John's Safeguarding Officer

Honor Rhodes

The Parish Safeguarding Officer is the key link between the diocese and the parish, concerning safeguarding matters. She will have an overview of all church activities involving children, young people, and vulnerable adults and will seek to ensure the implementation of safeguarding policy.

Please contact me if
You’re worried about the welfare of a child.
You’re worried about the welfare of a vulnerable adult.

Reporting a Concern

Any safeguarding concerns in a parish should be brought to the attention of your local Parish Safeguarding Officer (Honor Rhodes) in the first instance, who can seek further advice from Sharon Hassall, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), as necessary.

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:
01254 503070

07711 485170

Diocese Offices, Clayton House,

Walker Business Park, Blackburn,

BB1 2Q

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.


0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline

116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline

080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).