Report a concern
The Diocese of Chester takes its responsibilities for safeguarding very seriously.
Any individual who wishes to come forward with information or to make a disclosure is encouraged to make direct contact with the Acting Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Sean Augustin on 07704 338885. However, recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the Church, Splitz Support Services is an independent charity specialising in supporting victims and survivors of abuse and can provide confidential, independent and specialist support. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to contact their partner organisation via telephone on 0300 303 1056.
In addition, Chester Diocese has arranged a telephone listening service which offers the chance for adult survivors of abuse to talk about their experiences in detail and in confidence with a sensitive listener. Further information on this service can be found here.
If you are seeking urgent advice, during out-of-hours, you should contact your local social services team or local police on 101 and alert the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as soon as possible and within 24 hours.
The Safeguarding Team
The safeguarding team is currently led by the Acting Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Sean Augustin
He is supported by Stephen Ellis who has responsibility for safeguarding training and policy administration, and Mims Harrison, Safeguarding Administrator.
Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Sean Augustin
T: 07704 338885
Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Samantha Suddery
T: 07710 158 472
Diocesan Safeguarding Training and Policy Officer: Stephen Ellis.
T: 01928 718834 ext 261
PA to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor: Mims Harrison
T: 01928 718834 ext 266
The Lead Bishop for Safeguarding in the Diocese of Chester is Julie Conalty, the Bishop of Birkenhead. Julie joined the diocese in 2021 having served as an archdeacon in the Diocese of Rochester and has a wealth of safeguarding experience within the youth and probation services. Julie's appointment was welcomed by survivor groups and endorsed by Bishop Mark, who said: “Julie brings with her many years of professional expertise in safeguarding. Her passion for justice and truth, and her joyful faith will be an asset and a blessing to us."
Our policies and procedures
The Diocese of Chester follows the House of Bishops' Policy and Practice Guidance. These are published by the Church of England and can be found here.