Safeguarding Policy at St. Mark's

It is our responsibility as a church to safeguard children and adults, when they are vulnerable, who are placed in our care. This applies whether they are visitors in the congregation, users of our Community Services, or members of one of the clubs that are involved with our church.

Church leaders and all who work at St. Mark's are required to work within the guidelines recommended in the Safeguarding Policy. Each leader must read, know about, and undertake to observe them.

St. Mark's Church has adopted the House of Bishops 'Promoting a Safer Church' policy and is committed to:

A copy of the Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded from the following link:

Safeguarding Policy pdf


Parish Safeguarding Officer

Jason Dobb
1 Thurlow Way, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 5XP
Tel. No 01229 430390

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Joanna Van Lachterop
Tel. No 07458 016884

What to do if you have a concern

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding adviser, alternatively report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

For urgent concerns about a child or young person please contact Cumbria Children's Services Emergency Duty Team on 0333 240 1727

For urgent concerns about an adult please contact Cumbria Adult Social Care on 0300 303 2704 (office hours), or their Emergency Duty Team outside office hours on 01228 526690"

National Helplines

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

National and Diocesan Safeguarding Information

Carlisle Diocese
Church of England