Eccleshill PCC has adopted the Church of England's House of Bishops' Safeguarding Policy "Promoting a Safer Church" (see this link) and has appointed Linda Gibson as its Safeguarding Officer. It has also adopted a policy statement on safer recruiting (including on the recruiting of ex-offenders), makes church officers aware of its policies and guidelines and tries to provide appropriate training, and provides appropriate insurance cover (through the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group) for all its activities. These policies and practices were last reviewed by the PCC on 28th March 2019.

In line with the House of Bishops' Policy, we believe the care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the church, and our commitments include:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility for children and vulnerable adults
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims and survivors of abuse and others affected
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subjects of concerns or allegations of abuse, and others affected
  • Responding to those who may pose a present risk

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED THAT someone you know is at risk of, or is being, abused, or presents a risk to others, please report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay. We also ask you to seek advice from our Safeguarding Officer or the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as soon as possible.

Contact details for any concerns:

  • If there is an immediate emergency, dial 999.
  • If a child or adult is at immediate risk of significant harm, call the police on 101 or the Bradford Social Services team on 01274 435600 (for children), 01274 431077 (for adults), or 01274 431010 (the Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team for children and adults). (These numbers were correct on 9th August 2019 according to pages on Bradford Council's web site at: and . In the past Bradford Council has changed these numbers and its web site without notice, so we advise you to check the numbers for yourself if you don't get through on the first attempt.)
  • Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers: Jenny Price (Bradford and Huddersfield Areas) 0113 3530 258 / 07800 740001; Jenny Leccardi (Wakefield and Leeds Areas) 0113 3530 259 / 07872 005189; Narinder Lyon (Ripon Area) 0113 3530 256 / 07872 005309. (These officers all cover for each other. In the event of none of them being available, the person to contact is the Archdeacon of Bradford, Ven Andy Jolley; or if he is also unavailable then any of the other archdeacons in the diocese.)  (These numbers were correct on 9th August 2019 according to the pages of the diocese's web site at, but if you don't get through we advise you to check them yourself.)
  • Safeguarding Officer: Linda Gibson 01274 621298.
  • Churchwardens: John Kitson 01943 870491 and Ian Parsons 01274 631448.
  • Vicar: Rev'd John Hartley 01274 636403.

Other agencies which can provide assistance.

  • NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
  • Childline: 0800 1111
  • Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900
  • NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Family Lives 0808 800 2222
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Action on Elder Abuse 0808 808 8141

Serious Incident Reporting. In line with the Church of England's national policy, Eccleshill PCC agreed on 28th March 2019 to delegate to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser the reporting of serious safeguarding incidents to the Charity Commission, and to delegate to its Standing Committee the reporting of serious non-safeguarding incidents. It has appointed the Standing Committee as the required "small group of trustees" who will consider incidents so that the Parish Safeguarding Officer is not acting alone.

This web page was last updated on 28th August 2019 (on 9th August we discovered that the previous Bradford Council telephone numbers had been replaced by new ones, and on 28th August we added the information about serious incident reporting).