During Office Hours please see the team's contact details below. 

For Out of Hours and Weekend Emergencies please call the Emergency Safeguarding number 0303 003 1111 (option 2). 

This number will take you through to Thirty One Eight (, formerly CCPAS), who will register your call and help with your emergency. We have an information sharing agreement with Thirty One Eight 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.

Important Safeguarding updates for 2022

Policy Update

The Diocese safeguarding Policy has been updated, to incorporate new requirements from the National Church.  New Policy additions are reflected by contrasting text colour, within the revised document for easy reference.  The new policy can be found on the Key resources section of our website, or by clicking this link; Diocese of Lichfield | Safeguarding Key Resources (  We would encourage Parish Safeguarding co-ordinators and incumbents to look at and familiarise themselves with new requirements, many of which relate specifically to Parish level responsibilities and duties. 

Changes to DBS requirements

New DBS checks undertaken after January 2022 will be valid for a period of three years (as opposed to the 5 year cycle previously in place).  That means that a person receiving a DBS check after January 2022, will need to renew their check in 2025.  This change only applies to DBS checks undertaken after January 2022, if your last check was undertaken before January 2022, it will still be valid for 5 years as before.

Safer Recruitment

Church of England amendments to Safer Recruitment policy are now fully in place.  This means that anyone recruited to a voluntary or paid formal position in the church, must be recruited by application, interview and have references taken and checked.  If the post is one that requires a DBS check, this must be undertaken before that person commences their assigned duties.  If that role requires attendance and completion of safeguarding training, the person must commit and enrol on a training cohort when commencing their duties.  If you are unsure if you require a DBS check or training, please contact the team and we will be happy to talk this through. 

PCC membership

PCC members are affected by changes to safer recruitment.  As trustees of a charity, PCC should now undertake a DBS check as part of their service.  PCC members who do not have checks may continue to serve, but should commit to undertake one as soon as is feasible.  This will need to be made public knowledge when elections take place in the future, and those standing in future elections should be aware in advance that this will be required. Should you have questions on how to apply for a DBS check, please contact the team and we will be happy to assist. 

PCC members Safeguarding Training

The safeguarding training requirements for PCC members have also changed. From 2022 all PCC members must complete both of the online training modules Basic Awareness and Foundations. Both courses can be found on the National Church Training Portal

Many thanks.
Lichfield Diocese Safeguarding Team. 

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 Promoting A Safer Church 2017

Survivor Strategy

The Diocese of Lichfield is committed to respondong well to all those who have suffered abuse, regardless of the type of the abuse, when or where it occured. 

Survivor and Disclosure Guidance may be accessed here - download 

Parish websites

If you are in the process of updating your parish's Safeguarding Information on your website you will need to include the following information:

"(Name of Church) is committed to Safeguarding and has adopted the National and Diocesan Safeguarding Policies. Our Safeguarding Coordinator is (Name of Safeguarding Coordiantor) and can be contacted on (Enter a contact telephone number)."

You also need to ensure that the policies have actually been ratified and adopted by the PCC and that this is recorded in meeting minutes. 

Safeguarding Training

Basic Awareness (formerly C0) and Foundations (formerly C1) Safeguarding sessions are now available online. 

You can download our full Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework 2021-2024.

The Latest Safeguarding Policy Documents

...are published on the Safeguarding Key Resources page.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

All DBS applications are now completed online and processed by ThirtyOne:Eight please click on the DBS Key Resources page for further information.

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

Diocesan Safeguarding Team

We have a Diocesan Safeguarding Team working together to cover all areas of Safeguarding and their work is overseen by the Diocesan Safeguarding Panel which meets quarterly, with an independent chair. The Panel 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.

Neil Spiring

Office: 01543 306147

Neil Spiring is the Senior Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor and Team Leader working on Diocesan Safeguarding Policy Development, 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.

Linda Clifford-Hayes


Linda, like Neil, is a qualified social worker and as an Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser can deputise for him in all matters when required. She shares casework with Neil and works as an active member of the team in policy development and helping the team achieve its goals.

Kim Hodgkins

Office: 01543 306099

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

Julia Dixon


Julia Dixon joined the team in January 2019 and takes the lead on developing and monitoring our training programme. Her role allows 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.

Helen Scheven - DBS Administrator

Office: 01543 306223

Among other roles, Helen is the first point of contact for queries about DBS applications submitted through the diocese.

Helen is based in the Diocesan Office at Three Spires House, Station Road, Lichfield WS13 6HX

The team are based at the diocesan offices in Lichfield, though all spend a greater or lesser proportion of their time out and about, meeting clergy and parish safeguarding advisers, delivering training locally and working with other professionals on casework.

St Marys House
The Close
Lichfield WS13 7LD

Safe Spaces: an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse

Launched in September 2020, this service offers support to survivors of church-related abuse whether or not a report has been made. This independent service is run by the charity Victim Support and funded by the Church of England together with the Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Church in Wales. It is free to access via telephone, email or web-chat.

Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)
WebChat - via the Safe Spaces website

Useful Phone Numbers

  Office hours Out of Hours Tel 
(before 9am, after 5pm and at weekends)
(immediate Risk)

General Numbers

Police 101 101 999
Healthcare 111 111 999
Diocese Safeguarding Number 01543 306030 0303 003 1111 (option 2) N/A

Childrens Safeguarding Phone numbers

Staffordshire/Stoke Childrens 0800 1313126 0345 604 2719 999
Shropshire Childrens 0345 678 9021 0345 6789040 999
Telford and Wrekin Childrens


01952 385385
Walsall Childrens 01922 658170 01922 653555 999
Wolverhampton Childrens 01902 555392 01902 552999 999
Sandwell Childrens 0845 113 5000 0121 569 2355 999

Safeguarding Adults numbers

Staffordshire/Stoke Adults 0345 604 2719 0345 604 2719 999
Shropshire Adults 0345 678 9021 0345 6789040 999
Telford & Wrekin Adults 01952 385385 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
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