Diocese of Manchester

The Diocese of Manchester, and the people in its parish churches, work hard to safeguard children and young people, vulnerable adults and those in abusive relationships. We aim to create safe environments, where children and young people are nurtured and protected; and where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.

We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and Church of England policy and practice.

We act promptly on any complaints made, and work in close partnership with police and social care services where children or vulnerable adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment.

We provide safe recruitment, training and support to our voluntary and paid workers with children and vulnerable adults. See Events for the latest Safeguarding training.

We care for those who have been abused in the past, and minister appropriately to those who have abused. 

If you have a concern and need to make contact about a safeguarding issue, please contact the Safeguarding Officer (below). If you need to make urgent contact outside of office hours contact the Church’s Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) on 0303 003 1111.
Abbey Clephane-Wilson

Abbey Clephane-Wilson

Safeguarding Officer

Address: Diocesan Secretary's Office,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

Provides safeguarding advice to the Bishop and his leadership team. Manages all aspects of diocesan safeguarding policy, administration, case work and training.

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Kathryn Ford

Kathryn Ford

Assistant Safeguarding Officer

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Listening line 0303 003 1111

This is a special helpline that 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. You may be asked to leave a message but will be called back. Calls will be handled sensitively and confidentially.

Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk

Our Handbook of Policy and Procedures (2016) is designed to promote best practice within our church community. It is the commitment of everyone to ensure that children and adults at risk are protected, and that all concerns are reported to the designated safeguarding officer, who in turn will report all allegations or suspicions of abuse to the relevant statutory authorities with safeguarding responsibility.

Details here.

Independent Safeguarding Audit (May 2017)

"The external safeguarding audit of Manchester has been compiled by an independent body who are conducting similar work with all CofE dioceses. There is much in it to give us reassurance. The audit report identifies how we are building a safeguarding culture and embedding policies and practices which recognise our responsibilities and enable us to discharge our duties with greater confidence. It also identifies some areas where we can learn and improve." Bishop of Manchester 

Read the report here

Safeguarding Training Portal

The Church of England online learning hub provides resources and training to equip you and your church to help protect children, young people and vulnerable adults in both a practical and theologically informed way. All volunteers and paid workers who will be working with children, young people or adults at risk should undertake this training before taking on any roles within the church.

Volunteers and paid workers must also book on the more in depth safeguarding training provided by Manchester Diocese as soon as possible. Even if volunteers and paid workers have completed safeguarding training within other roles, it is still necessary to attend the diocesan training which is in line with national expectations and insurance requirements.  



Volunteers and paid workers must attend diocesan safeguarding training. Visit the Events pages for details of the latest training courses.

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National Policy and Practice


The diocese follows national Church of England policy and practice. A full range of resources can be found on the Church of ENgland website.

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The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400