The Kirton Group team:

Incumbent:  Revd. Paul Blanch

Local officer: Fay Houltby

Kirton Officer: Fay Houltby

Algarkirk Officer:

Fosdyke Officer:

Our Safeguarding Support Case Worker is Gemma. She will offer a listening ear and appropriate advice to individuals who want to tell someone about abuse they have personally experienced, and who wants help to do something to stop the abuse or prevent harm to others or because they just need to talk about their experience.

Our Diocesan Safeguarding Officer is Penny. She offers advice and support to parishes about all aspects of safeguarding, including where there are allegations against parish volunteers or parish officers, and she is responsible for assisting parishes who are supporting known offenders.   

Our Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser is the Head of Department for Safeguarding. Debbie offers support and advice to the Bishop and his senior team and manages the diocesan safeguarding team. She is responsible for the statutory safeguarding functions and her role is defined within the DSA regulations 2017.

Please remember that if you have a serious concern about a child or adult at risk you should contact the Police or the local authority safeguarding team in your area. Please note: you do not need to speak to the diocesan safeguarding team first if the matter is urgent.

Emergency: 999

Local Police: 101                                                                                  

Childline: 0800 1111

Stop It Now! (NSPCC): 0808 800 5000

Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141

Domestic Violence: 0808 2000 247


Key Documents & Sources of Reference:

Diocesan Safeguarding Documents and Guidance

Statements and PoliciesSafeguarding

Safeguarding FlowchartVulnerable Adults

Child at Risk

Adult Posing a Risk?

What to Do If… (Contact Information)

Promoting a Safe Church

Protecting All God’s Children

Responding Well

Responding Well to Domestic Violence

Whistle Blowing Policy

Key Safeguarding Contacts:

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team consists of:

Debbie Johnson, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 01522 50 40 81/07712 321 361

Penny Turner, Deputy Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 01522 50 40 80/07432 522 412

Gemma Marks-Good, Safeguarding Support Case Worker: 01522 50 40 79

Gemma Smith, Safeguarding Team Administrator: 01522 50 40 68