Worried? Not sure what to do?

The Church of England Birmingham is commited to promoting a safer church for everyone including those who are survivors of abuse.

If you have any concerns about a child, young person or adult who may be vunerable, or someone who works/volunteers for the Church of England Birmingham, please contact:  

Bishop's Safeguarding Adviser 

or complete our online referral form here.

Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247

Safeguarding Sunday - 10th October 2021

The Church of England is supporting this year’s Safeguarding Sunday, encouraging local churches to use their regular Sunday service to explore together what safer places look like, and to thank all those working behind the scenes to make our churches safer for all.  Safeguarding Sunday is an ecumenical initiative started by Thirtyone:eight and resources can be downloaded here "Safeguarding Sunday is all about creating an opportunity for churches to show their communities that they take this responsibility seriously,” Bishop Jonathan Gibbs the Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop


Latest safeguarding advice for churches is here

All of your church and community volunteers should be shown this three-minute safeguarding video 

Think Safeguarding - Reach Out, Recognise, Record, Report

Responding to Safeguarding Concerns & Allegations

Ministers, Church Leaders or Helpers

Click the links below to find out best practice for responding to safeguarding allegations/concerns about church ministers, leaders and helpers. 

Survivors of Abuse

Click the links belows to find out best practice for responding to survivors of abuse.


Our Safeguarding Team


Steph Haynes

Bishop's Safeguarding Adviser

To email, please click here

Tel: 07342 993 844 

Sarah Rose

Safeguarding Support Officer

To email, please click here

Tel: 0121 426 0407

Claire Wesley

Safeguarding Training & Development Officer

To email, please click here

Tel: 0121 426 0432

Laura Rutherford

Safeguarding Trainer

To email, please click here

Tel: 07747 246858

Peter Cozens

Safeguarding Training Support Officer

Tel: 0121 426 0429

In this section

+ Caring for Survivors of Abuse


+ Complaints & Whistleblowing

+ Parish Safeguarding


+ Parish Dashboard

+ Working Safely with the Vulnerable


+ Safer Recruitment

+ Safeguarding Training


+ New, Helplines & FAQs

+ Bishop's Safeguarding Management Group




Past Case Review

The Church of England is currently conducting a review of all past safeguarding case files. Any individuals who wish to contribute to this review or who need to come forward with information or disclosures regarding Church of England related abuse are encouraged to contact the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser - details above. Contact details for other Dioceses are available here.

However, recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church, an independent, dedicated telephone helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated by the NSPCC - has been set up. Anyone can use this helpline to provide information, to raise concerns or contribute to the review or contact other survivor support services including diocesan safeguarding teams

Further information about the review is on The Church of England website