Child Protection

Click here to download Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk.


All clergy and lay people who work with children in the parish must complete basic child protection training. This foundation level training course is for all people, whether paid or volunteers, who regularly work directly with children or have oversight for those who do. 

The online training course is available here.

Your DBS (formerly CRB) check

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are a vital part of our procedures in seeking to safeguard children and young people. A DBS check (called a ‘disclosure’) is required for any person regularly caring for, training, supervising or in sole charge of children and/or young people under the age of 18.

DBS Administration for the diocese is done through the CCPAS (the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service). The contact at Church House is Lesley Whittaker on 0161 828 1403.

Disclosure applications are now made online. In order to apply you will need to register your parish by completing a Disclosure Registration Form. Click here to download the form and accompanying documentation:

CCPAS Disclosure Service - Diocese of Manchester Scheme

Complete the registration form in Appendix 1 and return by post to Lesley Whittaker.

Once your parish is registered the CCPAS will deal directly with the lead recruiter of the parish directly regarding disclosure applications.

If you have any queries about registering with the CCPAS, please contact Lesley Whittaker. 

For disclosure information and services, please visit the DBS homepage:  

If you think someone is at risk

Safeguarding Helpline 0845 120 45 53

A special helpline has been set up for those who have been affected either directly or indirectly by abuse in a church or cathedral setting. The helpline will be staffed by the Church’s Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) - an independent safeguarding charity and is available 7 days a week. Calls will be handled sensitively and confidentially.

Childline Posters

A Childline poster should be on display in every place where children meet. These posters can be downloaded from the NSPCC website.