For Out of Hours and Weekend Emergencies please call the Emergency Safeguarding number 0303 003 1111 (option 2). During Office Hours and for General Enquiries please call 01543 306030.

This number will take you through to Thirty One Eight (, formerly CCPAS), who will register your call and help with your emergency. We have an information sharing agreement with Thirty One Eight so that any details given will be forwarded onto the Diocesan Safeguarding team so we can follow up with you if necessary. You can choose to remain anonymous if you wish to when making the call but we will not be able to get any follow up information.

Safeguarding Past Cases Review 2

The Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) is being run in all Church of England dioceses during 2020; due to COVID-19 restrictions the completion date is now moving to spring/summer 2021. Further details on this will be released in due course. 

Protocols and practice guidance for the Church of Englands Past Cases Review 2, (PCR2) were published on 1 August 2019. Individuals who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process or who need to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with their diocesan safeguarding adviser (see contact details above for Lichfield Diocese or refer to this list to report abuse that took place in another diocese). However, recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated telephone helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, has been set up.

Anyone can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England context; whether they are reporting issues relating to children, adults or seeking to whistle blow about poor safeguarding practice. Survivors were not invited to contribute to the 2007-2009 PCR and the Church has wanted to ensure a different, trauma informed approach is taken by PCR2. Listening to survivor voices has helped to shape how this review will be conducted.

Further information is here on the Church of England website.

The Diocese of Lichfield and the Church of England treats the duty of care it owes to children entrusted into our care very seriously.

The safety and security of children is of the utmost importance and guidelines and policies are part of the processes that have been adopted to ensure that all children taking part in activities in our churches may do so in a loving, caring and safe atmosphere. In order to ensure this we have a Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and we recommend that every parish have a Safeguarding Policy as outlined in the House of Bishops revised Policy document 'Protecting All God's Children' (2010).

Survivor Strategy

The Diocese of Lichfield is committed to respondong well to all those who have suffered abuse, regardless of the type of the abuse, when or where it occured. 

Survivor and Disclosure Guidance may be accessed here - download 

Parish websites

If you are in the process of updating your parish's Safeguarding Information on your website you will need to include the following information:

"(Name of Church) is committed to Safeguarding and has adopted the National and Diocesan Safeguarding Policies. Our Safeguarding Coordinator is (Name of Safeguarding Coordiantor) and can be contacted on (Enter a contact telephone number)."

You also need to ensure that the policies have actually been ratified and adopted by the PCC and that this is recorded in meeting minutes. 

Safeguarding Training

Basic Awareness (formerly C0) and Foundations (formerly C1)  Safeguarding sessions are now available online. 
Access the courses here.

Our full Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework 2021-2024  can be downloaded here.

The Latest Safeguarding Policy Documents

...are published on the Safeguarding Key Resources page

Read Bishop Michaels ad clerum to all clergy on safeguarding in October 2017.

Following the completion of a 'Safeguarding Audit' in March 2016 carried out independently by SCIE, the final published report and the Lichfield Audit Action Plan can be accessed here

The National Church Institutions Safeguarding Privacy Notice is available here.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

All DBS applications are now completed online and processed by ThirtyOne:Eight please click on the DBS Key Resources page for further information.

New Guidance has been issued regarding Safeguarding and DBS requirements for those standing for Election or re-election as Church Warden. Click here

Diocesan Safeguarding Team

We have a Diocesan Safeguarding Team working together to cover all areas of Safeguarding and their work is overseen by the Diocesan Safeguarding Panel which meets quarterly, with an independent chair. The Panel acts in a support and scrutiny role to ensures the Diocese complies with its legal responsibilities. The terms of reference for the Safeguarding Panel can be downloaded here.

Mr Neil Spiring

Office: 01543 306147

Neil Spiring is the Senior Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor and Team Leader working on Diocesan Safeguarding Policy Development, casework, issues regarding Adults at Risk and Children as well as being available to parishes, both clergy and Parish Safeguarding Coordinators to give advice on day to day issues of concern along with Kim Hodgkins.

Ms Linda Clifford-Hayes

Office: 01543 306030

Linda, like Neil, is a qualified social worker and as an Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser can deputise for him in all matters when required. She shares casework with Neil and works as an active member of the team in policy development and helping the team achieve its goals.

Mrs Kim Hodgkins

Office: 01543 306099

Kim Hodgkins working alongside the DSAs with casework and to support Clergy, Parish Safeguarding Coordinators and parishes in Safeguarding matters relating to children.

Mrs Julia Dixon

Office: 01543 306030

Julia Dixon joined the team in January 2019 and takes the lead on developing and monitoring our training programme. Her role allows dedicated support to ensuring that we are able to maximise training capacity and ensure that we can continually evaluate and improve this part of our service.

Mrs Sue Hathaway

Office: 01543 622320

Among other roles, Sue is the first point of contact for queries about DBS applications submitted through the diocese.

The team are based at the diocesan offices in Lichfield, though all spend a greater or lesser proportion of their time out and about, meeting clergy and parish safeguarding advisers, delivering training locally and working with other professionals on casework.

St Marys House
The Close
Lichfield WS13 7LD


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)


WebChat - via the Safe Spaces website


Useful Phone Numbers

  Office hours Out of Hours Tel 
(before 9am, after 5pm and at weekends)
(immediate Risk)

General Numbers

Police 101 101 999
Healthcare 111 111 999
Diocese Safeguarding Number 01543 306030 0303 003 1111 (option 2) N/A

Childrens Safeguarding Phone numbers

Staffordshire/Stoke Childrens 0800 1313126 0345 604 2719 999
Shropshire Childrens 0345 678 9021 0345 6789040 999
Telford and Wrekin Childrens 01952 385385 01952 676500 999
Walsall Childrens 01922 658170 01922 653555 999
Wolverhampton Childrens 01902 555392 01902 552999 999
Sandwell Childrens 0845 113 5000 0121 569 2355 999

Safeguarding Adults numbers

Staffordshire/Stoke Adults 0345 604 2719 0345 604 2719 999
Shropshire Adults 0345 678 9021 0345 6789040 999
Telford & Wrekin Adults 0345 678 9021 01952 676500 999
Walsall Adults 0300 555 2922 01922 653555 999
Wolverhampton Adults 01902 551199 01902 552999 999
Sandwell Adults 0121 569 2266 0121 569 2355 999

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