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Safeguarding at St Patrick's

At St Patrick’s, as part of Carlisle Diocese in the Church of England, the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is an absolute priority for our Church.  We are therefore committed to protect and care for everyone in the church community, but especially adults at risk and children.


We are committed to:


• The care of, the nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with all children and adults.


• The safeguarding and protection of all children and adults.

• The establishing of a safe, caring community which provides a loving environment where victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and where they can find support and best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse.


To this end we will:

• Carefully select, support and train all those with any responsibility within the church, in line with the Church of England’s Practice Guidance for Safer Recruitment.  

• Respond without delay to every complaint made that a child or adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and local authority in any investigation.  

• Seek to offer informed pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry that recognises the importance of understanding the needs of those who have been abused, including their feelings of alienation and/or isolation.  

• Seek to protect survivors of abuse from the possibility of further harm and abuse.  

• Seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of respect and responsibility, where they are trusted by others.  

• Seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision, and referral to the appropriate authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child or adult.


In all of the above:


We will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.  

• We will monitor and regularly review our safeguarding procedures.

As a church, we have adopted the Church of England's safeguarding policy 'Promoting a Safer Church':  See

If you are concerned that someone you know about may be suffering harm please contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Judith Cartwright, on:  e-mail: or tel:  07432 006246, or the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer, Jo Van Lachterop, on e-mail: or tel: 07458 016884.  

A form can be used for this purpose here

If either Judith or Jo is not available and you believe a child be at immediate risk, please contact Cumbria Children’s Services using the 24 hour number below, or the police.

Cumbria County Council Children's Services

The multi-agency safeguarding hub or an out of hours social worker can be contacted on:

0333 240 1727

Urgent concerns about vulnerable adults should be referred to the local District Adult Social Care office:

PO Box 224


CA11 1BP

Telephone: 0300 303 3249

Fax: 01768 812262  or the Emergency Duty Team: 01228 526690 out of normal office hours.  

If you have any questions relating to these issues or policies please contact Jan or Jo on the contact numbers above.  

Safeguarding Responsibilities

If you have any safeguarding concerns about anyone or anything to do with St Patrick's Church, please contact any of the following people, or submit a Safeguarding Report Form here (.pdf) or here (WORD) 

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Parish Safeguarding Officer:  Judith Cartwright

Responsible for overseeing Safeguarding matters at St Patrick's



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Jo Van Lachterop

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser


07458 016884

Out of Hours Support:

If Judith or Jo is unavailable and you are concerned that an adult is being abused, or at risk, you should report it by contacting Adult Social Care, Cumberland Council.  Emergency Out of Hours - 01228 526690

If you are concerned about a child or young person, please contact:

·     Cumberland Safeguarding Hub on 0333 240 1727 (if it relates to a concern in the Allerdale, Carlisle or Copeland area) or,

·     Westmorland and Furness Safeguarding Hub on 0300 373 2724 (if it relates to a concern in the Barrow, Eden or South Lakeland area).

If you believe that a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires medical attention, call the emergency services on 999.


·     NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child and need advice or guidance on what to do.

·     Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

·     National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse or need help to report.

·     Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

·     Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 0808 808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)

·     Victim Support Cumbria: 0300 303 0157.  Emotional and practical advice to help people affected by crime in Cumbria.

·     LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428 

·     Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327

·     Age UK Advice Line: 0800 678 1602

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