Safeguarding is everyone's business

Important information

If a child or adult is at immediate risk of significant harm, in the first instance you should always contact your local social services team or local police (call 101). You must then inform your Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) - listed below. 

OUT OF HOURS ADVICE  - If you require URGENT safeguarding advice outside of the hours 09.00 and 17.00, or if you are unable to speak to a DSA, then please contact your Archdeacon. If they are unavailable then you must contact any of the Archdeacons in the Diocese of Leeds.

Safeguarding Dashboards

All parishes are encouraged to use the new digital Safeguarding Dashboards. Many of our parishes have already started to use this helpful tool, and we recommend that every parish signs up to this free, time saving resource which the Diocese of Leeds has invested in to support you.

To learn how a Dashboard can help you, click here.

Safer Recruitment and People Management Training Update

The new Safer Recruitment Training pathway is now available to complete online.

Safer Recruitment Training is required training for anyone with responsibility for administering DBS, those with recruitment responsibilities and Parish Safeguarding Officers.

Click here to be redirected to the Church of England Safeguarding Portal to access the course.

The Safeguarding Team are here to help you

The Safeguarding Team operates a triage system and a duty team member will deal with all enquiries and issues that arise on a daily rotational basis. Queries will either be answered directly or diverted to the appropriate person.

As your first point of contact for reporting issues or making enquiries, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on:


Team email: safeguarding [at]

Office number: 0113 353 0257

DSAs remain available between 09.00 and 17.00, Monday to Friday. Advice on what action to take outside these hours can be found in the important information section above. 

Please note: Gail O’Neill, DBS and Safeguarding Administrator, remains responsible for DBS checks and the organisation of training courses. If you have a safeguarding enquiry that does not require the assistance of a Safeguarding Adviser (e.g. DBS. or training) please contact Gail directly at gail.oneill [at] or 0113 3530204.


What we do

As Safeguarding Advisers, the team:

  • Ensure effective safeguarding arrangements are in place across the diocese;
  • Act as a point of contact to assist with safeguarding concerns, including those where someone may appear to pose a risk to a church community;
  • Offer practical advice on policies, procedures and practice guidance;
  • Deliver safeguarding training in line with the national programme;
  • Advise on safe recruitment and DBS issues where there are blemished disclosures.


Diocesan Safeguarding Team 

Carla Darbyshire
Carla Darbyshire 
Team Leader - Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Jenny Leccardi
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Narinder Lyon
Narinder Lyon
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Nikki Rose
Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Alex Robertshaw-Seery 
Diocesan Safeguarding Training Officer 


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