Safeguarding is about protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse or neglect. We are all responsible for the safety of our children, young people and vulnerable adults.

The parish of St Margaret's is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and we have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s),

The Diocese of Blackburn's safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contact details for the Diocesan Safeguarding Team (DST) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned a child or adult has been harmed, or may be at a risk of harm, please contact the DST. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adult Services.

Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement



Reporting a Safeguarding Concern


Information about who to contact if you have a safeguarding concern at St Margaret's.

If you have a safeguarding concern, please bring this to the attention of our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Catherine Smith, in the first instance.  Contact details are:

Telephone: 07711485170



Parish Safeguarding Officer – Charlotte Siggers on

07749020013  or on

Vicar-Rev Rie Walker on

01772 727208,


If neither are available, or your concern involves one of our Clergy, please also contact  the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer (contact details below).

In an emergency: If you believe a child or adult is in immediate danger of significant serious harm, contact the emergency services on 999.

For more information about reporting a safeguarding concern, please see the Blackburn Diocese Reporting a Safeguarding Concern or refer to the Parish Safeguarding Handbook.


Important telephone numbers


Vicar (Rev Rie Walker)                                                               Tel: 01772 727208


Diocesan Safeguarding Officer (Cath Smith)                         Tel: 07711 485170



Deputy Safeguarding officer (Michelle Jones)                       Tel: 07758263922



Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding adviser (Sophie Booth)  Tel: 07468971759



Safeguarding Training & volunteer coordinator (Ann Cooney) Tel: 07384607837



Safeguarding Administrator (Claudia Aspey)                              Tel: 01254 503088



Thirtyone:eight safeguarding 24 hour helpline                            Tel: 0303 003 1111

Past cases review helpline for children and adults                     Tel: 0800 802 020

Lancashire County Council (Children)  (Out of hours)                Tel: 0300 123 6722

Lancashire County Council (Adults)                                              Tel: 0300 123 6721

(Out of hours)                                                                                    Tel: 0300 123 6721

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)                                  Tel: 01772 536694


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.

Child-line: 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).