Safeguarding

CHURCH CONTACTS:

Name: Anne Morris

Role: Parish Safeguarding Officer

Telephone: 07841 024 034

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: The Reverend Matthew Hunter

Role: Priest-in-Charge of St John's

Telephone 07394 239 772

E-mail [email protected]


Safeguarding at St John's

We take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously here at St John’s and would like you to see the St John's Parochial Church Council (PCC) safeguarding policy statement and to take note of some important guidance about what you can do if you have any concerns about safeguarding.

The safeguarding policy statement is as follows:

Safeguarding Policy Promoting a safer Church

The following policy was agreed at the Annual Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 24th April 2022

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 Adviser (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 Mrs Anne Morris as the Parish Safeguarding Officer and DBS Administrator.

Incumbent: Revd Matthew Hunter.

Churchwardens: Dr Gordon Oritt and Mrs Sandra Robson

Date: 24th April 2022

To learn more about safeguarding

If you would like to see what the Diocese of Newcastle says about safeguarding click on this web link www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding and have a look at the headings under Safeguarding on the right-hand side of the screen.

For the Church of England's National Safeguarding Information please click on www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding.

Urgent safeguarding concern about a vulnerable adult or a child or young person

IF YOU THINK A VULNERABLE ADULT OR A CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON IS CLEARLY IN IMMEDIATE DANGER YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE POLICE STRAIGHT AWAY BY RINGING 999

In other cases, please see the following.

Worried about a child or young person in your church?

If you’re worried that a child or young person in your church might be suffering from some kind of ABUSE:

DO NOT try to diagnose, investigate or sort it out yourself

THINK HARD about what it is about the child’s appearance or behaviour that is making you worried or suspicious

DO NOT promise confidentiality if someone talks to you about what might be abuse

DECIDE who you should talk to, and

TALK TO THEM – within 24 hours

The person to talk to might be -

· the Parish Safeguarding Officer (Anne Morris 07841 024 034)

· the Safeguarding Advisor for the Diocese of Newcastle (Carole Butler 07825 167 016)

· the Assistant Safeguarding Adviser for the Diocese (Andrew Grant 07741 633 670)

Organisations outside the church who can help with concerns about a child or young person:

Contact details for local authority statutory services in Newcastle Diocese, for guidance or to report on a safeguarding concern a child or young person – click on any of these links :

· Newcastle: Report a concern about a child or young person

· Northumberland: Report a concern about a child or young person

· North Tyneside: Report a concern about a child or young person

You can also obtain help by telephoning any of the following organisations -

· Northumberland Social Services on 01670 623978 (0845 600 5252 out of hours)

· the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000 - lines free and open 24 hours. Phone if you are worried about a child

· Childline on 0800 1111 - lines free and open 24 hours. Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

· Family Lives on 0808 800 2222

Organisations outside the church who can help with concerns about yourself or a vulnerable adult

As for children and young persons (see above),you can contact the three local authority statutory services in Newcastle Diocese about vulnerable adults. Click on any of the following links:

· Newcastle: Report suspected adult abuse and neglect

· Northumberland: Report suspected adult abuse and neglect

· North Tyneside: Report suspected adult abuse and neglect

You can also telephone any of the following bodies for help :

· The National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 - lines free and open 24 hours, Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse;

· Samaritans Helpline on 116 123 - lines open 24 hours. Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to

· Action on Elder Abuse Helpline on 080 8808 8141 - free phone Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm

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

Name: The Reverend Matthew Hunter

Role: Priest-in-Charge of St John's

Telephone 07394 239 772

E-mail [email protected]

Name: Anne Morris

Role: Parish Safeguarding Officer

Telephone: 07841 024 034

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Carol Butler

Role: Diocesan Safety Adviser

Telephone: 07825 167 016

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Andrew Grant

Role: Assistant Safeguarding Adviser

Telephone: 07741 633 670

E-mail [email protected]

Would you like advice about anything above?

IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT ANY OF THE ABOVE INFORMATION CONCERNING SAFEGUARDING AT ST JOHN’S AND WANT ADVICE QUICKLY, PHONE LOCAL CONTACTS MATTHEW OR ANNE – SEE IMMEDIATELY ABOVE.

If it is not urgent, click on the "Get in touch" tab on the left-hand side of the website screen and follow the guidance there about how to contact us.