Safeguarding at Wakefield Cathedral

Wakefield Cathedral takes its responsibility for children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and their welfare is paramount in all areas of Cathedral life.

Clergy, lay staff and volunteers who work within the organisation and/or as part of the congregation are required to follow good policy and practice to ensure that children, young people and vulnerable adults are safeguarded and nurtured physically, emotionally and spiritually. High professional standards are maintained in all worship and all pastoral, educational and recreational situations involving children, young people and vulnerable adults.

To facilitate this all clergy, lay staff, volunteers and members of the congregation working with or seeking to work with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults are properly recruited, screened, trained and supported.

Key Messages from Safeguarding Handbook

  • The welfare of a child, young person and vulnerable adult is at all times paramount and takes precedence over all other considerations
  • The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor must be consulted whenever a safeguarding concern of any kind arises at the cathedral
  • Safeguarding is part of our core faith and an integral feature of Christian life in our cathedral and parish

Safeguarding Contacts

  • Revd Canon Dr Philip Hobday
    Chapter Safeguarding Lead

    01924 373923

  • Susan Rigg
    Safeguarding Officer

    01924 373923

The Diocese of Leeds

All safeguarding at Wakefield Cathedral is undertaken in association with the Diocese of Leeds.

You can read more about the Diocese of Leeds’ Safeguarding policies and procedures by visiting

Contacting the Diocesan Safeguarding Team

The Safeguarding Team operates a triage system and a duty team member will deal with all enquiries and issues that arise on a daily rotational basis. Queries will either be answered directly or diverted to the appropriate person.

As your first point of contact for reporting issues or making enquiries, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on:

Phone: 0113 353 0257

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Wakefield Cathedral

Cathedral Centre
8-10 Westmorland St
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01924 373923