Parish Safeguarding Officer contact information/vicar's point of contact within the church for safeguarding

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Anne-Marie Aspden and can be contacted on 07702081441/[email protected].

Promoting a Safer Church

St. Paul’s Warton 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

A copy of this, and all the information below can be found here: cofe-policy-statement.pdf (

We also display the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our church. This is on the Notice Board at the back of Church along with relevant phone numbers and contact details.

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

Reporting a concern

If you believe that someone is at risk of immediate harm please call emergency services on 999 and your local authority’s children or adult social care services 03001236720/ out of hours 03001236722

Any safeguarding concerns in a parish should be brought to the attention of your local Parish Safeguarding Officer(s) (PSO) in the first instance. 

Anne-Marie Aspden    07702081441  [email protected]

The PSO can seek further advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as necessary.

Concerns can also be raised directly with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team

Safeguarding Team Contact Details

[email protected]

Tel: 01254 503088

Assistant DSA, Sophie Booth

[email protected] 07468971759

DSA, Catherine Smith,

[email protected] 07711485170

Safeguarding Trainer, Andrea Richards

[email protected] 07484073146

Safeguarding Administrator, Claudia Aspey

[email protected] 01254 503088

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

Safeguarding concerns in a school/university/prison/healthcare setting should be raised with the relevant organisation's Safeguarding team.

Finding support

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

Thirty One: Eight: 0303 003 1111 (out of hours and weekend safeguarding advice)

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).


Safeguarding in our Parish – who’s who?

The incumbent/priest in charge

Rev. Tracy Swindells                                                           01772 679515


The churchwarden

Audrey Charnley                                                                 01772 633838


The Parish Safeguarding Officer

Anne-Marie Aspden                                                           07702 081441


The team of licensed/accredited ministers

Rev. Tracy Swindells                                                            01772 679515

Anne-Marie Aspden (LLM)                                                 07702 081441

Grace Smith (LLM)                                                               [email protected]

Co-ordinators of church related children’s activities

Rob Willetts – St Paul’s Little People                                 01772 635001

Mike Willetts – St Paul’s Little Jellybeans                          01772 635516


If we observe or are told about Safeguarding concerns we will speak to

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser                                        01254 503088

Social Services Safeguarding Team                                  0300 123 6720

Our Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement can be viewed here.

Our Parish Safeguarding Handbook can be viewed here.