The Church of England, its archbishops, bishops, clergy and leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church. Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture.

This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks. The Church of England affirms the ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding.

This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent policy and practice across all Church bodies, Church Officers and that everyone associated with the Church, who comes into contact with children, young people and adults, has a role to play. The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ's Ministry towards children, young people and adults; to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.

Promoting a Safer Church, 2017

For information on Reports and Reviews, including the Past Cases Review, please visit the Diocesan Policies, Guidance, Reviews and Reports Overview pages by clicking here.

Contact the Safeguarding Team to make Safeguarding Referrals

Making Safeguarding Referrals - during Office Hours

Safeguarding Duty Messaging Service: 01353 652747 

  • Please leave a message with your name, telephone number and a brief explanation of the reason for your call. The team member on duty will be alerted to your message and will call you back to discuss your safeguarding referral offering professional advice and support and together with you agree a plan to manage the next steps.
  • Please do not use the Safeguarding Duty Messaging Service number for queries about DBS checks, training or recruitment issues

Making Safeguarding Referrals - Out of Hours service

Thirtyone:eight Helpline: 01353 652747

  • The Diocese of Ely partners with 'thirtyone:eight' who provide an Out of Hours Helpline for reporting safeguarding concerns when the Diocesan Office is closed or when Diocesan Safeguarding Team members are unavailable. 
  • The Diocese of Ely Safeguarding Duty Telephone Number (01353 652747) will forward your call to the Helpline. Please note the Helpline does not operate between Midnight and 07.00 am.
  • If you contact the Helpline, please state that you are calling from the Diocese of Ely to ensure information is appropriately shared with the Safeguarding Team for necessary follow up on their return - an Information Sharing Agreement is in place which allows the Safeguarding Team to receive a copy of any advice 'thirtyone:eight' may offer the parish church/caller.

In a safeguarding emergency

Correspondence Address

  • The Diocese of Ely Safeguarding Team, Etheldreda House, 206 Lancaster Way Business Park, Witchford, Ely, CAMBS, CB6 3NX

Safe Spaces

  • Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused by someone in the Church or as a result of their relationship with the Church of England, the Catholic Church in England and Wales or the Church in Wales.
  • It is free to access via telephone - 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times), email -

The Diocese of Ely Safeguarding Team

All team members have access to emails and are available on their mobile telephone numbers.

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

  • Rebecca Boswell
  • Email:
  • Telephone number: 01353 652731
  • Mobile Number: 07904 487912
  • Hours of work 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

  • Sharon Gage (part-time)
  • Email 
  • Telephone number: 01353 652706
  • Mobile Number: 07507 741295
  • Hours of work 9.30am -2.30pm Monday to Thursday

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

  • Lisa Pearson (part-time)
  • E-mail:
  • Telephone number: 01353 652738
  • Mobile Number: 07990 581267
  • Hours of work 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday

Contact the Safeguarding Team for matters of Training, Criminal Record Checks (DBS) and Parish Safeguarding Officer Support

Safeguarding  Training and Parish Support Co-ordinator

  • Sarah King
  • E-mail:
  • Telephone number: 01353 652735
  • Mobile Number: 0777 666 1798
  • Hours of work 9am-5pm  Monday to Friday

Safeguarding Administrative Support - DBS checks

  • Jackie Williamson (part-time)
  • E-mail: 
  • Telephone number: 01353 652721
  • Hours of work 9am-5pm Tuesday and Wednesday

Safeguarding Administrative Support - Training

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