Safeguarding our children and vulnerable adults is important to us all at St Peters
Responsibility for safegarding in our church and parish rests with Carol Deardon our Parish Safeguarding officer, and with the Vicar the Rev Mark Smith You may also contact our Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Jenny Leccardi where the vicar or local safegarding officer where it is more appropriate to seek help outside the parish.
Revd Mark Smith
Telephone: 0113 391 0389
Parish Safeguarding Officer:
Mrs. Carol Dearden
Telephone: 0113 250 0770
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Wakefield and Leeds Areas
0113 3530 259
I am worried about the safety of a child or adult; what should I do?
If the individual is at immediate risk of harm then you should notify the police without delay and thereafter let your Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) and/or Vicar know. In all other circumstances you should contact your PSO and/or Vicar in the first instance, as soon as possible. They will take appropriate action and inform the DSA. If you are unable to speak to anybody within the diocese then you should contact the Local Authority for advice. Contact numbers for Local Authority Children and Adult Services can be found at the foot of this page.
I am the victim or survivor of abuse; can the diocese help me?
If the abuse is ongoing then we would encourage you to speak to somebody, for instance: someone you know and trust, your Ministry team, your DSA or the police. We can offer you pastoral support to assist you through this difficult time or we can put you in touch with an Authorised Listener or appropriate external support agencies.
If the abuse is non-recent we can still offer support and assistance as set out above.
If the person who has harmed you is, or was, a Church Officer, volunteer or staff member then we encourage you to tell your DSA so that we can take action. Alternatively, you can report the matter directly to the police.
Carious safeguarding documents and policies are available on our downloads page.