Local Contacts

If you need any kind of support or advice, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, the DBS Administrator or your Archdeacon:

Julie O'Hara

Julie O'Hara

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

safeguarding@yorkdiocese.orgSend Email
01904 699524

Based at the diocesan office at Clifton Moor, York, Julie brings a wealth of experience to a role that involves training, support, advice and managing issues relating to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults across the diocese.

Safeguarding concerns should be raised with Julie on 07551 124951 or email safeguarding@yorkdiocese.org.

Rob Marshall

Rob Marshall

Assistant Safeguarding Adviser

rob.marshall@yorkdiocese.orgSend Email
01904 699524

Rob works closely with Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Julie O’Hara. Rob worked in a safeguarding role within a school following 14 years with South Yorkshire Police. He is providing a year's maternity cover for Vanessa Kendall from September 2018.

Becci Leckenby (formerly Richardson)

Becci Leckenby (formerly Richardson)

DBS Administrator for the Office of the Archbishop of York

becci.leckenby@archbishopofyork.orgSend Email
01904 772378

Becci is the DBS Administrator for the Diocese of York, and is based at Bishopthorpe Palace in the Archbishop’s office (where she is also the Accounts Manager). She should be contacted with any queries regarding safer recruitment and the DBS process, and can also be contacted for basic safeguarding queries.

The Venerable Andy Broom

The Venerable Andy Broom

Archdeacon of the East Riding

ader@yorkdiocese.orgSend Email
01482 881659

Andy was born in Norwich and grew up in a small village in South Norfolk where he came to faith through the ministry of the local church. After gaining a degree in Geography and Politics at Keele University, he was employed as a youth worker for three years before training for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol.

The Venerable Samantha Rushton

The Venerable Samantha Rushton

Archdeacon of Cleveland & Warden of Readers

adcl@yorkdiocese.orgSend Email
01642 706095

In addition to her role as Archdeacon of Cleveland, Sam holds the diocesan-wide portfolio of Warden of Readers.

Sam was previously Diocesan Adviser for Licensed Ministry, Warden of Readers, Area Dean of Chippenham and Associate Minister of the North Chippenham Group of Churches in the Diocese of Bristol.

The Venerable Sarah Bullock

The Venerable Sarah Bullock

Archdeacon of York

adyk@yorkdiocese.orgSend Email
01904 758241

The Ven Sarah Bullock studied for the priesthood in Durham, and was ordained in 1993. She was appointed to the role of Archdeacon of York in February 2013. Before that, she was Rector of St Edmund, Whalley Range and St James’ with St Clement, Moss Side, Manchester.

Safeguarding Administration: If you are having technical troubles with the website, the self-audit or would like some help accessing information, please contact 01904 699500.

You can also contact your local Safeguarding Children's Board:

Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) were established by the Children Act 2004. LSCBs are now the key system in every part of the country for organisations to come together to agree on how they will cooperate with one another to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The purpose of this partnership is to hold each other to account and to ensure safeguarding children remains high on the agenda across their region.

Our LSCBs are:

National Support Networks

You can also contact the following national support networks:

Church of England Resources

National safeguarding resources from the Church of England, including House of Bishop's policy statements, safeguarding developments, and resources for parishes: www.churchofengland.org

The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service

The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) is the only independent Christian safeguarding charity in the UK, which provides a 24 hour confidential helpline professional training and advice, news updates, support and resources, and other specialist safeguarding services: www.ccpas.co.uk


The Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) website provides the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology for children, parents and teachers: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Safe Network

The NSPCC's Safe Network provides safeguarding information related to activities outside the home – from after school art clubs to weekend reading groups: www.safenetwork.org.uk

Stop it Now!

Stop it Now! works to prevent sexual abuse of children, and believes and acts on the principle that all adults are responsible for protecting the most vulnerable in society: www.stopitnow.org.uk


The NWG offer support and advice to those working with children and young people under eighteen who are affected by abuse through sexual exploitation. The network links professionals involved in creating the best response for children and young people and their families who have become subjected to child sexual exploitation: www.nwgnetwork.org

Concerned about our Safeguarding Practice?

If you have any concerns about our practice as a Diocese and wish to make a complaint, the policy below sets out how this can be done.