The Diocese of Lincoln aims to promote the safety and well-being of all clergy and lay people who hold the Bishop's Licence in the Diocese of Lincoln. 

Ordained and other representative ministries often take dedicated people into areas of vulnerability and, on occasion, conflict. This sometimes means that their families are indirectly involved in pastoral situations that may have distressing consequences. While it is expected that all clergy and lay people who hold the Bishop's licence will exercise good care for themselves and their families, it is also important that churchwardens, Church Council members and, in the case of sector ministers their management committees, take an active interest in these matters.

Assessing and improving your personal safety

If you wish to access guidance on how to assess and improve the personal safety of you and your family, please click here.

Reporting low-level incidents

If you wish to report a low-level incident or series of incidents (i.e. persistent harassment, nuisance calls, bullying, etc), please:

  1. Speak to your Rural Dean for pastoral support and advice

  2. Complete this form and return it to your Archdeacon as soon as possible.

Reporting major incidents

In the case of any major incident (i.e. any action that might involve the police/criminal proceedings - physical abuse, assault or threatened assault, etc), please: 

  1. Seek medical attention, if necessary, and/or report criminal incidents to the police

  2. Immediately contact your Archdeacon

  3. Complete this form and return it to your Archdeacon as soon as possible.

Other sources of useful information

Click on the links to access other websites with useful information for your safety:

Ecclesiastical
National Churchwatch 
Sheldon
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust
Victim Support