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Contact Safeguarding

We are committed to the safeguarding of everyone within our parishes and communities across the diocese. Our Safeguarding Team provides advice on all safeguarding matters and upholds the national Church of England Safeguarding Principles, Policies and Practice Guidance, which can be accessed via the national church website.


The normal office hours for the Safeguarding Team are 9-5 Monday-Friday. You can report a concern using one of the following three methods:

Submit a Concern: Use the submit a concern button to complete the form and submit it to the Safeguarding Team (no-one else will have access to this information)

Telephone 01636 817200

Out of Hours Cover

Outside of normal office hours the safeguarding team have a voicemail message facility which is monitored each day. You can leave messages relating to non-urgent matters (i.e. things that can wait until the next working day for action). If your concern is more urgent please refer to Social Care and / or the Police using the numbers further down the webpage. The out of hours number for the diocesan Safeguarding Team is 01636 817200.

Arrangements for seasonal shutdown

For Bank Holidays when the office is closed special arrangements will be made to ensure safeguarding cover is provided across the diocese. For more details click here

If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm or you have experienced abuse, please don’t delay in reporting your concerns to the Police and or Social Care using the following numbers:


Emergencies using 999 or 101 for non-urgent matters

Nottinghamshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH):

Concerns relating to a Child or Vulnerable Adult – 0300 500 8090

Emergency Duty Team on 0300 456 4546

Nottingham City:

Concerns relating to Children– Child and Families direct – 0115 876 4800

Concerns relating to a Vulnerable Adult – 0300 500 80 80


Concerns relating to Children – 01302 737 777

Concerns relating to Vulnerable Adult -01302 737063 (Out of hours: 01302 796 000)

Diocesan TEAM

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Julian Hodgson

I am a qualified Social Worker and joined the Church of England as a DSA in 2009. I came to Southwell and Nottingham Diocese in 2020 to set up the current team. My background in Social Work included various management roles in Local Authority mostly in Child Protection. Before becoming a DSA I held the Parish Safeguarding Officer role for 5 years in my own church where I continue to worship.

Tel: DD: 01636 817983 Mob: 07803 431068

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Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Lucy Grimsey

I am a qualified Social Worker and joined the Diocesan Safeguarding Team in September 2021. My background has been in Social Work, Child Protection and prior to this I worked for different organisations with children, young people, and vulnerable adults. 

Tel: DD: 01636 817985 Mob: 07917693285 

Safeguarding Training Manager Heather Rolfe

I am the Safeguarding Training Manager for the Diocese. I organise and deliver the National Safeguarding team’s programme of training to suit local need. Together with a team of very highly skilled and experienced Sessional tutors to support me, ensure that our churches meet the requirements of the CofE’s Safeguarding Policies. We deliver training which is faithful to the Guidance issued by the National team.

Tel: 07921 387797 or: 01636 817200

DBS Administrator Dawn Todd

Dawn is the newest member of the team having joined us at the end of November 2021. Dawn brings a wealth of experience from her years working at the University and previously in a Residential Social Care setting.  Dawn is responsible for clergy and Licensed lay workers’ DBS applications but will also assist parishes needing support with the DBS process or the Parish Dashboard.  Dawn also sets up training on Eventbrite and provides other admin assistance to the team.

Tel: 01636 817205

Safeguarding Case Worker John Jones

I am specifically tasked with assisting and taking the lead on cases. I previously worked in the Nottinghamshire Police Service for 28 years where in the latter part of my service I managed teams which investigated offences relating to child abuse, domestic violence, sexual offences and vulnerable adults.

Tel: 01636 817997
Mobile: 07712196381

Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) Barry Earnshaw

I have been the Independent Chair of the DSAP since 2019. I have extensive experience in the field of Adult safeguarding having worked in the statutory and voluntary sector at senior managerial level for over 25 yrs. Until early 2021 I was the Independent Chair of a Local Safeguarding Adults Board, having served for 6yrs as either the Deputy Chair or Chair. I am also a member of the East Midlands Safeguarding Adult Board Chairs’ Network.

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