The High Westmorland Parishes united benefice, comprising:

  • Bampton with Mardale (St Patrick’s)
  • Orton (All Saints’) and Tebay (St James’)
  • Ravenstonedale with Newbiggin-on-line (St Oswald’s)
  • Shap with Swindale (St Michael’s)

recognise that the care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in the church is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the church.

The parishes take the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults seriously and comply with the House of Bishop’s policy document, “Promoting a Safer Church“. If you want to know more about the Church of England’s advice on safeguarding, please see their more detailed information, where they also list other organisations that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services. We are supported by, and draw on the expertise of, the Diocesan safeguarding team as explained in the Diocesan safeguarding policy.

If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the police on 101. Do not delay.

Our Commitments:
– Promoting a safer environment and culture
– Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults
– Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
– Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
– Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons
– Responding to those that may pose a present risk.

Safeguarding policy

All churches in the High Westmorland benefice have agreed safeguarding policies. St. Patrick’s, Bampton have agreed to this policy, and the other churches have agreed to the following safeguarding policy:

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture.
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

The church will: 

  1. Create a safe and caring place for all.
  2. Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
  3. Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
  4. Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
  5. Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
  6. Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  7. Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
  8. Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  9. Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
  10. Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
  11. Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

Each person who works within the church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by the parish.

Each church in the High Westmorland benefice has appointed an individual to represent the concerns and views of vulnerable people at their meetings, and to outside bodies, as the nominated safeguarding officer.

Contacting us about Safeguarding

Each parish has a nominated safeguarding officer. These are shown below, clicking on the name will take you to a list of safeguarding details for each parish.

You can also get in touch through the church’s email address with churchwardens or the vicar. If you need to contact Carlisle Diocese’ Safeguarding team – details are given on their website.