Safeguarding is everyone’s business

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Peter’s Birstall takes its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults seriously. The PCC adopted the Diocese of Leeds Safeguarding Policy at its meeting on 13th May 2019 (see the associated statement from the PCC).

Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO)

Name: Liz Mason
Email: elizasaramason02@yahoo.co.uk
Telephone: 07403 174 332

Diocesan Safeguarding Team

Area Diocesan Safeguarding Officer (DSO)
Email: jennyprice@leeds.anglican.org
Telephone: 01133 530 258

National Helplines

Childline: 0800 1111
NSPCC: 0808 500 8000
Samaritans: 08457 909090
Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247

Here is an introduction to Safeguarding from our PSO.

Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things, this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm and abuse. When we are concerned about safeguarding, therefore, we are following Christ’s teaching by loving our neighbour as ourselves.

There are many areas of abuse that we are safeguarding against, which can be categorised into the following: physical, sexual, financial, emotional and spiritual.

I am the church Safeguarding Officer for St Peter’s and it is my duty to act, if it is suspected that anyone is being abused. There are also some Safeguarding Friends who are people that have volunteered to lead activities and groups in church, who can listen to any concerns that may arise. These people will seek help for those in need by confidentially discussing the problem in order to find the best way forward. Safeguarding is everyone’s business, so you can seek help if you suspect that anyone is suffering from abuse. There is a list of contacts on the poster in Fellowship Area of the church for your use, if necessary.

For everyone’s protection, those who are in charge of groups of children and vulnerable adults at St Peters must be DBS checked to prove they haven’t been convicted of any crime which bars them from being responsible leaders. Those who assist with these groups are required to sign a self disclosure document in which they confirm that they haven’t been convicted of any such crimes. However, if someone hasn’t a clear police record, that doesn’t necessarily bar them from volunteering in church but their responsibilities will be limited and they will have support.

If you have any questions about safeguarding, please don’t hesitate to ask.

We will continue to be a welcoming and caring church community for all people.

Liz Mason

Safeguarding training

The Diocese of Leeds provides training in Safeguarding. If you would like more information please contact Liz Mason, or the Diocese directly.

Promoting a safer church

Further information can be found in the ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy booklet produced by the Church of England House of Bishops. You can also download our ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy poster here.
Download the 'Promoting a Safer Church' policy booklet Download our 'Promoting a Safer Church' policy poster

Safeguarding in the parish – who’s who?

The incumbent/priest in charge

Rev’d Capt. Paul J Knight, 01924 473715

The churchwarden

Denise Gosling, 01924 420479

The Parish Safeguarding Officer

Liz Mason, 07403174332

The team of licensed/accredited ministers

Leif Wilks and Wendy Harper

Hall managers and bookers

Denise Gosling

Employed staff

Paid cleaner works with Denise Gosling

Co-ordinators of work in the church related to children, young people, adults at risk (Sunday School, youth club, visiting team)

Junior Church: Linda Rhodes

Mother and Toddler group: Margaret Carbutt, Jean Franklin

Visiting team: Margaret Carbutt, Elaine Jackson, Alison Sowden, Solly Wilson

Other children, youth and adults at risk workers?

Junior Church

  • Susan Clarke
  • Diana Lister
  • Liz Mason
  • Jan Mitchell
  • Katharine Taylor
  • Penny Watson-Walker
  • Solly Wilson

Mother and Toddler Group

  • Margaret Bell
  • Pauline Cowen
  • John Franklin
  • Eve Locket
  • Trish Winn

Those to talk to if you observe or are told about Safeguarding concerns

Liz Mason PSO, or a Safeguarding Friend (details on St Peters notice board)

All Contact numbers can be found in the Parish Directory.