Brighouse Parish Church is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child, young person or vulnerable adult. This commitment is shared by our staff and volunteers.

For any concerns please contact our Safeguarding Officer, Mr Stan Empson on 07840 347420 or the Vicar, Rev Paul Webb on 07853 056873

St Martin’s safeguarding statement can be viewed here

The Church of England’s commitment to safeguarding can be viewed here

The Church of England’s Policy Statement can be viewed here

The Safeguarding section of the website of the Diocese of Leeds, which includes emergency contact advice, can be accessed here

Finding support

We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. Therefore here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 ((lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

  • Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)