If a child or adult is at immediate risk of significant harm, in the first instance you should always contact your local social services team on 01609 780 780 or local police (call 999). 

As Christian churches we are called by God to love all people, which means we will seek to be safe places for all. We take our responsibilities to keep all people safe and protected from abuse very seriously. We are constantly reviewing our ministry and practices in this area. 

"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." Taken from Promoting a Safer Church: Safeguarding policy statement for children, young people and adults of the Church of England. 

If you have concerns please use the following details to get in touch with the church: 

Team Rector: Revd Anne Russell; 07528 572072‬; 

Parish Safeguarding Officer (Ingleton & Chapel-le-Dale): Simon Robinson, 015242 41125

Parish Safeguarding Officer (Bentham): Tessa Tyndall, 015242 62793

Parish Safeguarding Officer (Burton in Lonsdale): Christine Whitfield,

Parish Safeguarding Officer (Thornton in Lonsdale): Rosemary Hartley, 07596 117035

Diocesan Safeguarding Team: 0113 353 0257;

An independently run survivor support service called Safer Spaces is also available (0300 303 1056). 

Safeguarding Training
Details of safeguarding training to ensure we can do our part to help our churches and communities be safe and free from abuse