Welcome to the Safeguarding pages of the Diocese of Chester

The following pages give an overview of the work of the safeguarding department. We hope you will feel reassured that the Diocese of Chester takes the responsibilities of safeguarding very seriously. Should you wish to contact us then please use the links below.

Who We Are

The Diocesan Vulnerability and Safeguarding Officer is Pauline Butterfield. Pauline qualified in social work in the 1990s. She undertook further postgraduate studies in behavioural forensic psychology to gain accreditation in risk analysis of sexual offending. She has an extensive professional background in social care management and has spent the past eighteen years carrying out safeguarding within church denominations

Within our diocese, Pauline is the person to contact if you have any concerns or issues to discuss, or if you wish to come forward with any safeguarding information.

If a child or adult is at immediate risk of significant harm, or you require out of hours advice, then you should contact your local social services team or local police (call 101). You should then inform Pauline.

T: 01928 718834 x 221 or 07703 800031


The Diocesan Safeguarding Training & Policy Officer is Stephen Ellis.
Stephen's working hours are Monday to Wednesday.
T: 01928 718834 x 261

Mims Harrison, PA to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
T: 01928 718834 ext 266




Holiday Cover

When the Diocesan Vulnerability and Safeguarding Officer is unavailable, please contact thirtyone:eight (previously known as CCPAS) on 0303 003 1111.  The Diocese of Chester partners with thirtyone:eight to meet the safeguarding needs of the Diocese. The Diocesan Vulnerability and Safeguarding Officer provides advice to Bishops, Diocesan staff and parishes. However, the out of hours and holiday cover is provided by thirtyone:eight. The thirtyone:eight data sharing information in regard to GDPR requires us to notify you that thirtyone:eight is performing a service for the Diocese of Chester Safeguarding lead and that all information provided to thirtyone:eight will be disclosed to the Diocese of Chester as if provided direct to the Diocese of Chester Safeguarding Lead with consent to disclose assumed (on the basis that a direct caller to the Diocese of Chester would be consenting to disclose information to it).

Support following the Pearl Review

Policy & Practice Guidance, Parish Safeguarding Handbook, SCIE Audit

Useful Contacts

Safer Recruitment