Safeguarding
& Privacy Notice

Christian communities should be places where all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from harm.  To help ensure this, St Michael's adheres to our Parish Policy and the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Diocese of Blackburn and the Church of England, all of which are included below. 

St Michael's Safeguarding/Lead Recruitment Officer: Caroline O'Brien Email
Our Safeguarding Officer is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult.



Privacy Notice

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Parish Policy Statement on Safeguarding Children and
Vulnerable Adults


 - Every person has a value and dignity, which comes directly from the creation of people in God’s image. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
- We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.
 - We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working with children or vulnerable adults.
- We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating fully in any investigation.

- We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.

- We will seek to offer pastoral care to anyone who has suffered abuse.

- We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.


Vicar: The Rev'd Richard Bunday

Associate Vicar: The Rev'd Kevan Thorn


Parish/Church Safeguarding Officer: Caroline O'Brien Email
Our Safeguarding Officer is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult.


The following team members have completed safeguarding training:

Richard Bunday, Kevan Thorn, Anne Wintle, Caroline O'Brien


Important telephone numbers:

Sharon Hassall, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 07711 485170

Email: sharon.hassall@blackburn.anglican.org

CCPAS 24-hour helpline: 0845 120 4550

ChildLine: 0800 1111