The Cathedral Chapter takes safeguarding very seriously and considers it non-negotiable. If you have a concern that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice using the contact details below.

Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral, the Cathedral Church for the Church of England in the Diocese of Carlisle, is committed to:

  • The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with all children, young people and adults.
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults.
  • Being a safe and caring community that provides a loving environment where victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and where they can find support and best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse.

If you need to contact anyone about Safeguarding concerns at the Cathedral, please contact:

The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Ms Joanna Van Lachterop

07458 016 884



The Cathedral’s Lay Safeguarding Lead is Mr David Allen. The Cathedral Lay Safeguarding Lead acts as a point of contact on Safeguarding matters at the Cathedral independent from the Cathedral Chapter or the Church of England.

Tel. 07393 993519


Day to day operational Safeguarding matters are overseen by The Chapter’s Safeguarding Lead, The Revd Canon Dr Benjamin Carter

Tel. 01228 479238


Please feel free to contact any of the above as soon as possible if you have any Safeguarding concerns. Also please don’t hesitate to contact them if you seek advice, guidance or further information relating to Safeguarding.


The Cathedral’s commitment is shared by all our staff and volunteers and supported by the following policies and documents:

  • The House of Bishop’s Safeguarding policy “Promoting a Safer Church”, adopted by Carlisle Cathedral, is accessible here.
  • The Cathedral’s Safeguarding Policy Statement can be viewed by clicking here.
  • The Cathedral’s commitment to Safeguarding, through the adoption of the “Safeguarding Pledge” can be found here
  • The Cathedral’s Safeguarding Action Plan (January 2023) can be viewed here.
  • The Cathedral’s independent safeguarding audit report can be viewed here.
  • The Cathedral’s Safeguarding Handbook can be downloaded here. Paper copies of these documents can be obtained from the Cathedral Office on request.
  • The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy and practice guidance can be found here

The Diocese of Carlisle’s Safeguarding policies and procedures, together with national Church of England documents relating to Safeguarding, can be viewed on the Diocesan website