St. James, Stalmine takes safeguarding matters seriously and adheres to the policies and requirements of the Diocese of Blackburn for the
care of children and vulnerable adults.  As a parish / church, we have adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance.

Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the Safeguarding Policy 2023-24 – Promoting a Safer Church.

Details of our parish safeguarding officer and other officers can be found here: 

The Parish Priest:                             Fr Peter Walsh                     07585 333033

The Pioneer Priest:                          Rev Naomi Barraclough     07872 056471

Parish Safeguarding Officer:          Peter Swarbrick                   01253 702675

The Churchwardens:

Derek Wolstenholme                       07592 638714

Sandra Bourne                                  01253 700519         

Local Licensed Minister:

Nicola Smith                                      07989 566052

We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our church / parish.

All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.

Reporting a concern:

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Peter Swarbrick 01253 702675

Any safeguarding concerns in a parish should be brought to the attention of your local Parish Safeguarding Officer(s) (PSO) in the first instance, who can seek further advice from Cath Smith, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), as necessary.

Cath’s contact details are:


Telephone: 01254 503088

Mobile: 07711485170


Address: Diocese Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2Q

For emergency safeguarding advice, 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.


Links to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be found here:


Finding support

We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and that not everyone may want to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.  Below is a
list of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours).  Phone if you are worried about a child.

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 Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours).  Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

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: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).