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 then please contact your Archdeacon. If they are unavailable then you must contact any of the Archdeacons in the Diocese of Leeds.


Guidance and policy

National & Diocesan Safeguarding Guidance, help with safer recuitment & DBS, what parishes need to display and FAQs. Find out more.



Help for survivors, support for children & young people, the elderly and around mental health. Find out more.


Talking to us

How to contact the safeguarding team and make an enquiry, serious incident reporting, whistleblowing and complaints. Find out more.



Deatils about all of the safeguarding training we offer, who they are for and how to book. Find out more.


Safeguarding Resources

The safeguarding dashboard, external links, the safeguarding newsletter and strategic safeguarding committee. Find out more.

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