For Out of Hours and Weekend Emergencies please call the Emergency Safeguarding number 0845 120 4550. During Office Hours and for General Enquiries please call Neil Spiring or Kim Hodgkins on 01543 306030.

This number will take you through to CCPAS who will register your call and help with your emergency. We have an information sharing ageement with CCPAS 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.

"Having been ordained 20+ years, attending another Safeguarding Training event was ‘just another thing to do’. Little did I know how important was to be very soon after! 

"Within days I had a parish situation that required an immediate and fast response. Because of the Safeguarding Dept I now knew exactly what had to be done and by who. With just one phone call to Kim and her team, I was reassured that the issue was in hand. Within an hour I had been contacted by a Safeguarding Officer with fully explained advice, the Diocesan Communications Officer also called to reassure me that any publicly could be handled by them and finally our Pastoral Care Officer just called to ask if I was alright and if any care could be offered. 

"It was all efficient, professional and caring and it all made a really difficult time that bit easier to handle; all due to a Safeguarding Event and a great team of people at the Diocese." Revd Ian Whitehead, vicar of Anslow, Rolleston & Tutbury

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)

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

Safeguarding Training C0 and C1 Safeguarding sessions are now available online. Access the courses here.

New Safeguarding Policy Documents (effective from 1 November 2017) have been published on the Safeguarding Key Resources page.

Read Bishop Michael’s 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

We have a Diocesan Safeguarding Team working together to cover all areas of Safeguarding:

Neil Spiring - Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

Kim Hodgkins - Diocesan Advisor for the Safeguarding of Children

Julia Dixon - Safeguarding Training Advisor

Sue Hathaway   - DBS Administrator

Neil Spiring is the Senior Diocescan Safeguarding Advisor and Team Leader working on  Diocescan Safeguarding Policy Developement, 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.

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

Julia Dixon has joined the team in January 2019 and will take the lead on developing and monitoring our training programme. Her role will allow 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. The Safeguarding Team is delighted to welcome Julia on board. 

There is a Diocesan Safeguarding Panel which meets quarterly, with an independed chair, and 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.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - All DBS applications are now completed online and processed by CCPAS please click on the DBS Key Resources page for further information. 

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor - Neil Spiring

Tel: 01543 306030 or Email

Diocesan Advisor for the Safeguarding of Children – Kim Hodgkins

Tel: 01543 306030 or Email

Safeguarding Training Advisor - Julia Dixon


DBS Administrator - Sue Hathaway

Tel 01543 622320 or Email

St Mary’s House, The Close
Lichfield WS13 7LD

Useful Numbers

Organisation In hoursTel (Office Hours) Out of Hours Tel (Before 9am, after 5pm and at weekends) Emergency (Immediate Risk)
General Numbers
Police 101 101 999
Healthcare 111 111 999
Diocese Safeguarding Number 01543 306030 0845 1204550 N/A
Children’s Safeguarding No.
Staffordshire/Stoke Children’s 0800 1313126 0345 604 2719 999
Shropshire Children’s 0345 678 9021 0345 6789040 999
Telford & Wrekin Children’s 01952 385385 01952 676500 999
Walsall Children’s 01922 658170 01922 653555 999
Wolverhampton Children’s 01902 555392 01902 552999 999
Sandwell Children’s 0845 113 5000 0121 569 2355 999
Safeguarding Adults No.
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