Safeguarding at St Mary's
St Mary's, in line with the Church of England and the Diocese of Newcastle, is committed to:
•The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and adults.
•The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults.
•Being a safe and caring community which provides a loving environment where victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and where they can find support and best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse.
This commitment is shared by all our staff and volunteers.
The congregation's Safeguarding Policy, agreed by the Parochial Church Council, can be downloaded from the link below, and a hard copy is displayed at the Church.
The Diocese of Newcastle’s Safeguarding policies and procedures, together with national Church of England documents relating to Safeguarding, can be viewed on the Diocesan website: www.newcastle.anglican.org
Our current Parish Safeguarding Officer is Gillian Nelless, who was appointed early in 2019.
St Mary's is committed to the Church of England policies on the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. The PCC policy on safeguarding and the arrangements within the parish can be downloaded below.
Newcastle Diocese provides support to its congregations to ensure that the safeguarding arrangements are effective.
If you have concerns about safeguarding issues please feel free to contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Gillian Nelless, 01665 570959, [email protected], or our Priest-in-Charge, James Harvey, at 01670 787263 or [email protected].
The Diocese of Newcastle, in common with the whole Church of England, is committed to prevention of abuse and to responding appropriately to concerns of allegations of abuse: the message is "You will be listened to." A leaflet under this title, providing advice and contact details can be downloaded here. Alternatively, follow this link to the Reporting Abuse and Finding Support page on the diocesan website.