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Last updated 15th November 2021

Diocesan Safeguarding Team Contacts


The Safeguarding Team can be contacted at Clayton House, Blackburn on 01254 503088

Individual contact details for the team are given below. 

Please note that all messages left for the team, by email, mobile or landline, are checked during normal office hours only. Messages are not routinely checked during evenings or weekends. Requests for urgent assistance should be directed to the statutory authorities in Lancashire (see a List of important Telephone Numbers 2019 on the parish toolkit page of the safeguarding pages).

For emergency safeguarding advice, from June 1, 2021, when the DSA is unavailable (due to being on holiday or other absence), you are now able to receive emergency safeguarding cover via thirtyone:eight* on their helpline 0303 003 1111. 

This helpline is available 5pm to midnight weekdays and at weekends, in addition to holiday periods. The safeguarding helpline is not available between midnight and 7am. 

*thirtyone:eight is an independent Christian charity which helps individuals, organisations, charities, faith and community groups to protect vulnerable people from abuse.

Contact details

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Sharon Hassall

 M: 07711 485170






Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Temporary)

Donna Haslam

M: 07817 550224



Safeguarding Administration

Currently a vacant post ... however contact 01254 503088 in the meantime and also

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) plays an important role in the Diocese of Blackburn.

The DSAP works in partnership with the Bishop's Staff and the Diocesan Safeguarding Team in offering strategy, policy, and practice advice and support to the Diocese.

The DSAP is constituted in line with the House of Bishop's practice guidance Key Roles and Responsibilites of Church Office Holders and Bodies 2017 

The DSAP Chair reports to the Bishop of Blackburn. DSAP members are appointed by the Bishop and include professionals with expertise and current experience in the strategic overview and practices regarding the safeguarding of children and adults.

Contacting the DSAP

If you are not happy about how a safeguarding matter has been dealt with and you cannot resolve the issue or concern with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team you can contact the Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel.

The DSAP is always interested in hearing feedback and comments regarding safeguarding matters in the diocese. If you wish to comment, compliment or complain about a safeguarding concern the Chair of the panel can be contacted on the details below:

Simon Bass (Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel) c/o Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Walker Office Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE 


Safe Spaces: an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse

Launched in September 2020, this service offers support to survivors of church-related abuse whether or not a report has been made. This independent service is run by the charity Victim Support and funded by the Church of England together with the Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Church in Wales. It is free to access via telephone, email or web-chat.

  • Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)
  • Email:
  • WebChat – via the Safe Spaces website

DBF Safeguarding Procedure

The Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) has a safeguarding procedure which can be accessed below ...  

DBF Safeguarding Complaints Procedure