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As a church, we are committed to caring for all people safely. The Parochial Church Council adopts the House of Bishops’ safeguarding policy statement, ‘Promoting a Safer Church’. Further details of our own undertakings as a PCC and Christian community can be found in our own Safeguarding Policy.

Details of those you can contact if you have a safeguarding concern can be found here. For ease, some important contact details can also be found below:

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
Carol Butler
T: 07825 167 016

Parish Safeguarding Officer
Elisabeth Bryant
T: 0191 252 2429

Children and Vulnerable Adults’ Advocate
Barbara Packer
T: 0191 253 4321

Some contact details of organisations outside the church who can help:

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline
Phone if you are worried about a child T: 0808 500 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours a day)

Phone if you are a child or a young person and are worried about anything T: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours a day)

National Domestic Violence Helpline
Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse T: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours a day)

Samaritans Helpline
Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to T: 116 123 (lines free and open 24 hours a day)

Action On Elder Abuse Helpline
T: 080 8808 8141 (free-phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)

Further information about safeguarding and details of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team are available on the Newcastle Diocese website. Information about the Church of England’s National Safeguarding policy is available on the Church of England’s website

Helpful information about the Church’s commitment to responding to reports of abuse and how you can do this are included in the leaflet, ‘You Will Be Listened To’.