Safeguarding


The Coventry diocese is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community. We believe that making our churches safe for all is everyone’s responsibility. The safeguarding team provides professional advice and training to support our parishes and the Cathedral in achieving this. We also support those who may have suffered abuse both within and outside of the church environment.

Contact us

We are here to help, so please contact us by phone or email if you need any advice or support. Office hours are 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday. 

Phone:024 7652 1345

Email: safeguarding@covcofe.org

If you have concerns about a child, young person or adult who may have been harmed or be at risk of harm, or need to discuss a case in the Coventry Diocese please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers for advice and support: 

  • Sarah Price, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor – 07950 382934 (Monday - Friday)
  • Debra Jennings, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor – 07496 369883 (Monday - Wednesday)
  • Dara Lloyd, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor – 07432 741953 (Wednesday - Friday )

If you have a general safeguarding enquiry including training, safer recruitment, parish dashboard etc, please contact

  • Sophie Hawtin, Diocesan Safeguarding Training and Support Officer – 07398 186353 (Monday - Friday 9am-3pm)

The 24-hour safeguarding helpline is still available outside of office hours on 024 7652 1345. This is operated by an independent Christian charity called thirty-one:eight. They will offer you professional safeguarding advice, and will also forward an email message to our Diocesan Safeguarding Team. One of our team will respond to this message when they are next in the office.

Call 999 if a child or adult is in immediate danger of significant or serious harm.

Safeguarding during COVID19

Church of England advice

The Church of England National Safeguarding Team has provided an update regarding COVID-19 – this can be accessed here.

The Church of England has produced guidance for dioceses and churches for the safe use of video-calling with young people.

The Church of England National Safeguarding Team has produced helpful advice regarding Domestic Abuse and COVID-19.

'Think Safeguarding – Reach Out, Recognise, Record and Report' is a new piece of advice from the National Safeguarding Team.

Diocese specific guidance and information

As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, the following safeguarding guidance has been issued: