"The safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults lies at the heart of all that we are and all that we seek to be in the church" Bishop Martyn 2018

Click here to view a video message from Bishop Martyn.

If you have concerns about a child, young person or an adult who may have been harmed or be at risk of harm, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers for advice and support: Rachael Spiers on or 0793 081 9279. 

Currently, we - like all the other dioceses in the Church of England - are conducting Past Cases Review 2 (PCR 2) into safeguarding matters relating to sexual abuse of children or vulnerable adults. Click here to find out how to report past abuse, as well as a helpline and other support available to anyone impacted by these matters.

The deadline for parishes to complete their PCR 2 return was moved from 30 April to the end of August 2020 in view of the Coronavirus pandemic but there remains an open invitation throughout 2021 to victims or survivors of church related abuse in this diocese to make representations about their experience of the Church's response, however long ago this may have occurred.  This is the latest news and information.  Rachael Spiers, DSA, and colleagues will remain available to respond to anyone coming forward as a result of publicity about the PCR2 process and can be contacted about any PCR 2 questions that you may have ( or tel: 0793 081 9279). Other contact details for PCR2 can be found here.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) published its overarching report of the investigation into the Anglican Church on Tuesday 6 October 2020. The Bishop of Leicester has issued a statement in response to its publication.

This letter was sent to all parishes in advance of its publication. If it raises emotional or practical issues for you please see various support and resources below, including a new service for victims of abuse, called Safe Spaces.

Dealing with safeguarding during the coronavirus pandemic:

The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: talking about feelings and worries; keeping in touch and balancing screen time; ways to create structure and routine; and helping to give children a sense of control. Read the information and advice: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19). Futher vital information about safeguarding can be found here. Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Domestic Abuse: We know that for those experiencing domestic abuse, self isolating at home presents additional dangers. Women’s Aid have provided some specific safety advice.

If you have concerns about the immediate safety of someone please don’t delay in ringing the Police  on 999 or Children or Adult Services:

  • Leicester City Children and Adults Services (incl. out of hours for Children’s Services) – 0116 454 1004

  • Leicester City and Leicestershire Adult Services out of hours – 0116 255 1606

  • Leicestershire Children’s Service (incl. out of hours) – 0116 305 0005

  • Leicestershire Adult Services (daytime) – 0116 305 0004

Out of Hours Safeguarding Cover

If you need advice about a safeguarding matter out of office hours (evenings and weekends) please call:

Thirtyone:eight tel 0303 003 1111 (Option 2) 

Callers should state that they are calling from Leicester Diocese

In an emergency (especially if someone is in immediate danger of harm) you should always call 999 and ask for the police.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team is :

Rachael Spiers , Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
T: 0116 261 5341 M: 0793 081 9279

Peter Holloway, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
T: 0116 2615241 M: 07930 887984

Julie Foulds, Safeguarding Team Administrator
T: 0116 261 5360

Other contacts:

  • Claire Wood, Archdeacon of Loughborough
  • Richard Worsfold, Archdeacon of Leicester 
  • Andy Brockbank, Director of Operations & Governance

Safe Spaces:

A new service providing vital support for survivors of church-related abuse has been launched, click here to find out more.

Complaints: We aim to maintain high standards of safeguarding provision, but if you do have a complaint, you can find the diocesan complaints policy here

Data protection: The safeguarding privacy notice can be found here.

Support and Helpful Organisations

Support and Helpful Organisations

This page contains help, useful contacts and resources relating to different safeguarding situations. Find out more

Resources for Church Settings

Resources for Church Settings

This page contains resources for church settings including downloadable handbooks, guides and model policies. Find out more.

Training and Events

Training and Events

This page details the different Safeguarding Training Modules that are available, and gives details about how to book.  Find out more. 

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

This page contains a list of resources and guidance for parishes and individuals regarding domestic abuse. Find out more.

Safer recruitment

Safer Recruitment & People Management

This page has details available to download about the process of Safer Recruitment and People Management. Find out more.

Policy and Practice Guidance

Policy and Practice Guidance

This page contains a list of downloadable documents from the National Church of England and Methodist Church which outline Safeguarding Policy and give practical guidance for parishes and dioceses. Find out more.

Theological Resources

Theological Resources

This page contains links to three theological resources for churches and individuals. Find out more.

Audit and Action Plan

Audit and Action Plan

This page details the safeguarding audit and the resulting action plan. Find out more.

Past Cases Review 2

This page provides information, contact details and resources relating to PCR2. Find out more.

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