Safeguarding: Promoting a Safer Church

We work within the Church of England’s safeguarding policy for children, young people and vulnerable adults.

We recognise that the care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.

Our commitments are therefore to:

  • Promoting a Safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Church
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

Our agreed Child Protection Policy is available here, and our agreed Vulnerable Adults policy here.

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

Safeguarding Contacts

Lostock Church Safeguarding Contact

Mrs Samantha Abram
Contact via the Church Office: 01204 659696 or via email

Please don’t send sensitive information via email, but get in touch, providing a contact number, and our safeguarding officer will get back to you asap.

Manchester Diocese Safeguarding Officer

Abbey Clephane-Wilson
0161 828 1451
AbbeyClephane-Wilson@manchester.anglican.org

Bolton Council

Safeguarding adults:
Safeguardingadults@bolton.gov.uk
01204 337000

Safeguarding children:
R&A@bolton.gov.uk
Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm: 01204 331500
Monday to Friday 6:00pm to 9:00am and weekends: 01204 337777

If a child is in immediate risk please contact the police on 999.

If a crime has been committed against a child but they are not in immediate danger please contact the police on 101.

Helplines

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Childline: 0800 1111
Stop It Now: 0808 100 0900
NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
Samaritans: 116 123
Family Lives: 0808 800 2222
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Action On Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141