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Following the conviction and sentencing of Stephen Crabtree in March 2016 and the subsequent media coverage there have been some questions asked and concerns expressed with regard to both current and past safeguarding matters.

The Safeguarding Team would like to take this opportunity to reassure parishes and individuals that they continue to work with the police and statutory agencies to ensure that all concerns are heard and that people who feel they have something to share are given the opportunity to have their voices heard.

The Safeguarding Team stands ready to offer support to anyone who has been affected by the recent issues. The current policy and procedure guidance is available in this section of the website, as well as a number of other helpful documents and sources of information, so please do take a look.

By way of a reminder, Debbie Johnson is the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser and she is supported by Penny Turner, who is a qualified safeguarding professional and is the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer.   

The diocese is moving towards a new provider of online Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checking. This means that there will be a new and much more localised process through which parishes will deal directly with the checking provider. There will still be support on hand from the diocese to enable a smooth transition, so watch this space for further news of training and implementation details.

The Safeguarding Team can be contacted as follows:

Debbie Johnson
T: 01522 50 40 81

Penny Turner
T: 01522 50 40 80

For training information, please call 01522 50 40 68 or send an email to

For DBS-related enquiries, please contact Jack Seward on 01522 50 40 57 or via


Child protection and vulnerable adults

This area provides information about the local approach in the Cathedral and the Diocese to the protection and safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and includes:

If you have any comments or need help contact the Safeguarding Adviser here: Child Protection: Contact