The diocese takes safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults seriously and has developed a number of policies and training programmes for clergy and parishes (see below).

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child or adult you should contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser or Assistant Adviser on:

01709 309149 - Linda Langthorne

01709 309155 - Cherryl Henry-Leach

01709 309100 – Church House reception (if no response on the direct line)

07871 796682 – for ‘out of hours’ URGENT safeguarding advice

Please be mindful of ringing the emergency ‘out of hours’ number and consider whether the matter will wait until the next working day. An emergency is something that needs immediate attention; this would usually relate to a concern about the safety of a child or an adult. Where you are considering contacting social care regarding a child or an adult, please do not delay in doing this if you are unable to speak to the DSA.

In the event that you are unable to contact the DSA and you are concerned about the immediate safety of a child or adult, call 999 and ask for the police.

The Safeguarding Team:

Sue Lamprell: 01709 309151 (Safeguarding & DBS Administrator)

Linda Langthorne: 01709 309149 (Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser)

Cherryl Henry-Leach: 01709 309155 (Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser)

Chris Herbert: 01709 309152 (Safeguarding Trainer)

For enquiries about safeguarding training please contact the Safeguarding Administrator in the first instance at:


Allegations against clergy or lay ministers

Please note: Any allegation against clergy or lay ministers holding the bishop’s licence should be referred to the Bishop via the relevant Archdeacon:

Venerable Steve Wilcockson (Doncaster): 07799 874572

Venerable Malcolm Chamberlain (Sheffield & Rotherham): 07740 198806

Safeguarding Parish Audit Action Plan

Safeguarding Parish Audit Action Plan 2016

We would prefer if this document was completed electronically- but a hard copy has also  been sent to each parish  for information.  To be completed  and returned before 31st July 2016  return address:  

Safeguarding Children Policy Statement

As members of the Church of England we are concerned with the wholeness of each individual within God’s purpose for everyone.  We seek to safeguard all members of the church community, of all ages.  It is the responsibility of each one of us to protect children and young people from physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and from neglect.

Safeguarding Children Policy

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy

As a diocese, we are committed to respectful pastoral ministry to all adults within our church community and are committed, within our church community, to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable people.

Full Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy

Safeguarding Children in Bell Towers

The national safeguarding team have been working with Chris Mews , president of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, to update and replace the Appendix to Guidance Note No 3 “Child Protection in Bell Towers”. This only currently applies to children and we are keen moving forward to look to update the wider Council’s Guidance Note 3 “Child protection in Bell Towers” and incorporate adults at risk of abuse and neglect.

For clarity, the heading of column 4 on the table on page 1 (Any new checking) refers to new appointments and renewals of DBS certificates; these are initiated by the PCC and processed via the Diocesan procedures.  

General Statement on Safeguarding Children in Towers

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Disclosure and Barring Service in the Diocese of Sheffield is now provided by CCPAS (Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service).  This involves completing an online disclosure application form via a fully secure system.   There are many benefits to using an external provider, including that results of DBS checks are received much quicker than with paper applications resulting in faster recruitment decisions.   Visit the DBS page for further information.

Social media guidelines

The increasing use of social media over the last five years means that it can have an impact on the lives of users and others which can be both productive and harmful. Like all forms of communication its use can have positive benefits for users, whether organisations or individuals, but can be the means by which harm, both intentional and unintended, can be caused. Within the church the use of social media is increasing as a means of publicising activities, creating discussions, giving information, enabling communication between workers and those they serve, and providing a space in which people can communicate without the need for a physical or geographical connection. It is instant and content can be adapted very quickly. Once content is created it can be very hard to delete and there is always the potential for any message, document or image to “go viral” and be forwarded to many globally.

Social Media: advice and guidelines

Other useful resources:

Responding to domestic abuse

Responding well to those that have been sexually abused

DBS Eligibility FAQ

Practice Guidance - Safer Recruitment

Practice Guidance - Safeguarding Training and Development

Contact details for relevant organisations:

  • 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 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: 08457 90 90 90 (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)