At St Michael's, we adopt the The Church of England’s safeguarding policy. Along with the wider Church, we are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.
Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.
The Church of England affirms the ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding. This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent policy and practice across all Church bodies, Church Officers and that everyone associated with the Church, who comes into contact with children, young people and adults, has a role to play.
The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ's ministry towards children, young people and adults; to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.
Click the link below to view the full statement details: Promoting a Safer Church
Safeguarding Contact Details
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 one of the following:
Rebecca Crowson - St. Michael's Parish Safeguarding Officer
Tel.: 0775 452 4507
If there is immediate risk or danger please contact the police on 999.
If you would prefer to speak with someone outside the parish church, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team:
Jenny Leccardi, Narinder Lyon, Carla Darbyshire - Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers
Tel.: 0113 353 0257
You can contact the Local Authority Social Services on 0113 222 4403.
Helplines and support:
NSPCC (working to protect children from abuse): 0808 8005000
Childline (free support for under 19s in the UK with any issue they’re going through).: 0800 1111
Stop It Now (child sexual abuse prevention campaign and helpline): 0808 1000 900
NAPAC (Supporting recovery from childhood abuse): 08088 801 0331
Samaritans (dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide): 116 123
Family Lives (providing support and understanding for families): 0808 800 2222
Leeds Domestic Violence Service (offers emergency accommodation, support, advice and advocacy to anyone experiencing domestic violence and abuse) : 0113 246 0401
National Domestic Violence Helpline (support for women experiencing domestic violence) : 0808 2000 247
Action On Elder Abuse : 0808 808 8141