The Parochial Church Council of The Parish Church of Saint Michael and All Angels, Beetham have adopted unanimously 'Promoting a Safer Church' (The Church of England's House of Bishop's Safeguarding Policy for Children and Adults) to ensure the care and protection of children, young people and adults. 

A copy of the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy, Promoting a Safer Church can be found here. 

The Parish of St Michael and All Angels, Beetham is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and, following the retirement of our former Parish Safeguarding Officer, are currently seeking to recruit a new Parish Safeguarding Officer to be a point of contact locally.   

The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Joanna Van Lachterop - telephone: 07458 016884  email:

If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. 

If Joanna is unavailable and you are concerned that an adult is being abused, or at risk, you should report it by contacting:

Adult Social Care, Cumberland Council. Emergency Out of Hours - 01228 526690 OR Westmorland and Furness Safeguarding Hub on 0300 373 2724.

If you believe that a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires medical attention, call the emergency services on 999.


·     NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child and need advice or guidance on what to do.

·     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 Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse or need help to report.

·     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: 0808 808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)

·     Victim Support Cumbria: 0300 303 0157.  Emotional and practical advice to help people affected by crime in Cumbria.

·     LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428 

·     Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327

·     Age UK Advice Line: 0800 678 1602