St Nicholas with Christ Church Dunston


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St Nicholas with Christ Church
Ellison Road, Dunston
Tyne and Wear

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(0191) 4609327
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St Nicholas with Christ Church Dunston
Ellison Road Dunston, Gateshead Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE11 9UN, United Kingdom

Held at 10am each Sunday

After years of devotion to Dunston, Rev’d David and his family move to pastures new. We offer our blessings and support to them all and thank them for their kindness, love and support.

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The Parish of St Nicholas with Christ Church


The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held
on 19 September 2023
In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is
committed to:
 Promoting a safer environment and culture.
 Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to
children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
 Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
 Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
 Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of
abuse and other affected persons.
 Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.
The Parish will:
 Create a safe and caring place for all.
 Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent
and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
 Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children,
young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and
respond to abuse.
 Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving
children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
 Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to
contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
 Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
 Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any
kind arises, following House of Bishops’ guidance, including notifying the
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
 Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse,
when or where it occurred.
 Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a
risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and
the safety of all parties.
 Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in
place and that these are reviewed annually.
 Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and
Practices at least annually.
Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this
policy and the guidelines established by this church.
This church appoints Kay Westgarth as the Parish Safeguarding Officer

Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns:

Kay Westgarth - Parish Safeguarding Officer
Tel 0191 4611960
Email [email protected]

Beth Miller - Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Address: Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY
Email: [email protected] | [email protected]
Mobile: 07968034075
or contact your local police force by dialling 101 or your local children’s or Local Authority Social Services 0191 4332653


NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

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

Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

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

NAPAC (The National Association for People Abused in Childhood) 0808 801 0331 (Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm Friday 10am – 6pm) or email [email protected]

The Survivors Trust: 08088 010818 (free 7 day a week helpline) or email [email protected]