During office hours and for general enquiries please call Simon Warburton on 01543 306105
For Out of Hours and Weekend Emergencies please call the Emergency Safeguarding number 0845 120 4550. This number will take you through to CCPAS who will register your call and help with your emergency. We have an information sharing agreement with CCPAS so that any details given will be forwarded onto the Diocesan Safeguarding team so we can follow up with you if necessary. You can choose to remain anonymous if you wish to when making the call but we will not be able to get any follow up information.
Download a copy of our policy here.
Lichfield Diocese Safeguarding Team
Kim Hodgkins - Diocesan Advisor for the Safeguarding of Children
Sue Boyce - Bishop's Safeguarding Advisor
Jane Tillier - Bishop’s Advisor for Pastoral Care and Well Being
Sally Smith - Diocesan Advisor for the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults
Lichfield Cathedral, the Diocese of Lichfield and the Church of England treats the duty of care it owes to children entrusted into our care very seriously.
The safety and security of children is of the utmost importance and guidelines and policies are part of the processes that have been adopted to ensure that all children taking part in activities in the Cathedral may do so in a loving, caring and safe atmosphere. In order to ensure this we have a Cathedral Safeguarding Policy as outlined in the House of Bishops revised Policy document "Protecting All God's Children" (2010)
We have a Cathedral Safeguarding Committee working together with the Diocesan team to cover all areas of Safeguarding. The Cathedral Safeguarding Committee meets quarterly and is made up of representatives from the Cathedral staff, Chapter, Clergy and School. There is a Cathedral representative on the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee which meets quarterly and acts in a support role to ensure the Diocese complies with its legal responsibilities.
Clergy, church officials, members of the congregation or public who suspect or who receive allegations of child abuse MUST report the matter immediately. They can call the Cathedral Safeguarding Officer, Diocesan Advisor for the Safeguarding of Children, the Diocesan Advisor for the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults or the Safeguarding Helpline. Kim Hodgkins is available to give advice on day to day issues of concern. She can also advise on training matters.
DBS (formerly CRB) - The Diocese of Lichfield is registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) as an umbrella body and carries out all DBS checks for the Cathedral. It should be stressed that a DBS check in itself is not the only aspect required to protect children and young people, and is only part of a process which is detailed in “Protecting All God’s children”
The Diocese has recently recorded a DVD which will help with Safeguarding Training. You can access it here.
For key resources on Safeguarding and DBS please click here.
The senior lay member of staff with safeguarding responsibility is the Director of Operations and Enterprise, Simon Warburton. Call 01543 306105 or 07508 235558, or email email@example.com