Promoting a

Safe Church



Our Commitments

St Bees Priory has adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance:

• 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 for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons
• Caring for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons
• Responding to those that may pose a present risk.

For more information visit the Carlisle Diocese Safeguarding Policy.

What should you do

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding adviser, alternatively report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

Urgent concerns about vulnerable adults should be referred to your local District Adult Social Care office (details available on the Cumbria County Council website) or the Emergency Duty Team: 01228 526690 out of normal office hours.

Church of England Contacts

Our Safeguarding Adviser is Wendy Mellor –, Vicky Bearman (Temporary responsibility for Children),

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Mr Charles Proctor - 07458 016884

Cumbria County Council 

The multi-agency safeguarding hub or an out of hours social worker can be contacted on: 0333 240 1727


National Helplines

Family Lives: 0808 800 2222
National Domestic Violence Helpline:
0808 2000 247
Action On Elderly Abuse: 080 8808 8141
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Childline: 0800 1111
Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900
NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
Samaritans: 116 123


The welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is an absolute priority for us.  Safeguarding shows God's love in action and in churches demonstrates safety and security, where abuse and mistreatment of others is not tolerated.

St Bees Priory is signed up to and abides by the Church of England Policy on Safeguarding and  Carlisle Diocese Safeguarding Policy

Our Safeguarding Advisor is Wendy Mellor –, Vicky Bearman (Temporary responsibility for Children),

For more information and who to contact if you are concerned that someone you know about may be suffering harm please visit our Safeguarding page.

Contact Us

Parish Secretary: Vicky Bearman
c/o The Vicarage
St Bees Priory, St Bees
Cumbria, CA27 0DR

Priest in Charge: Rev’d Becky Gibbs
Phone: 01946 822279