“The pattern of living that is revealed through Jesus in his relationships with others means that abuse of any kind is emphatically contrary to the will of God and an affront to human dignity. This places a heavy responsibility upon the Church and its members to do everything possible to prevent or halt it.” Responding Well to Domestic Abuse 2017, (section 1.2, pg. 8)

Abuse is the violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons.

Abuse is always harmful.

Not everyone can protect themselves from harm.

Safeguarding is the term we use to describe the action taken to promote the welfare of individuals who are vulnerable and the action we take to protect them from harm and abuse of all kinds. Safeguarding is a term that is applied in relation to both children and adults. It requires a proactive approach and places equal importance on the promotion of welfare and protection from abuse. It is essentially an approach that states we all have the right to feel safe all of the time and that an individual’s safety should be guarded well. Further it implies that we have a responsibility to each other in promoting safety and in challenging and preventing abuse.

The Diocese of Lincoln is committed to ensuring that the very best practice in relation to safeguarding is delivered across the diocese from the response of the local parish-based volunteer to the Bishop himself. We promote without question the working principle that Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility. There is no excuse for anyone within the Church not to take very seriously their duties in respect of promoting the welfare and protection of anyone, child or adult, who is vulnerable.

The diocese has a team of professionally qualified and dedicated safeguarding professionals who provide specialist advice, confidential support to parishes and to individuals, approved safeguarding training, qualified risk assessment and support to allegations management processes across the whole diocese.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team consists of:

Debbie Johnson, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 01522 50 40 81/07712 321 361

Penny Turner, Deputy Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 01522 50 40 80/07432 522 412

Gemma Marks-Good, Safeguarding Support Case Worker: 01522 50 40 79

Lucy Russelll, Safeguarding Training Co-ordinator: 01522 50 40 57

Kate Mitchell, Safeguarding Team Administrator: 01522 50 40 68

Our Safeguarding Support Case Worker is Gemma. She will offer a listening ear and appropriate advice to individuals who want to tell someone about abuse they have personally experienced, and who wants help to do something to stop the abuse or prevent harm to others or because they just need to talk about their experience.

Our Diocesan Safeguarding Officer is Penny. She offers advice and support to parishes about all aspects of safeguarding, including where there are allegations against parish volunteers or parish officers, and she is responsible for assisting parishes who are supporting known offenders.   

Our Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser is the Head of Department for Safeguarding. Debbie offers support and advice to the Bishop and his senior team and manages the diocesan safeguarding team. She is responsible for the statutory safeguarding functions and her role is defined within the DSA regulations 2017.

Please remember that if you have a serious concern about a child or adult at risk you should contact the Police or the local authority safeguarding team in your area. Please note: you do not need to speak to the diocesan safeguarding team first if the matter is urgent.

Emergency: 999

Local Police: 101                                                                                  

Childline: 0800 1111

Stop It Now! (NSPCC): 0808 800 5000

Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141

Domestic Violence: 0808 2000 247

Diocese of Lincoln - Safeguarding Contact Information