Safeguarding - Promoting a Safer Church

St Andrew's Church, Leyland is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk to worship and grow in Christ safely. Concerns about children, young people and adults at risk will be diligently and promptly responded to according to our procedures, recognising the sensitivity it may hold for those involved.

As a parish / 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 the following document - Safeguarding in our Parish – who’s who
We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our church / parish.
All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.

Keeping Children Safe Online during the Coronovirus outbreak
Here is some useful information, advice and guidance to help parents and carers keep children safe online during the Coronovirus outbreak.
Read the guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online
Read NSPCC coronavirus advice: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers
Visit Childline website: Coronavirus advice
Reporting a concern
Any safeguarding concerns in a parish should be brought to the attention of your local Parish Safeguarding Officer(s) (PSO) 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 as follows:
Telephone: 01254 503070 / Mobile: 07711 485170
Address: Diocese Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2Q

Links to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be found here:
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).

Safeguarding Documents:
Blackburn Diocese e-Safety policy
Domestic Abuse Statement
Important Telephone Numbers
Personal Safety
First Aid Procedure
Fire Procedure
Health & Safety Policy
Reference Request Form
Volunteer Application Form
Volunteer Appointment Letter
Driver Details Form
Sign In Register
PCC Off Site Permission Form
Off-site Risk Assessment 
Concern Form