The care and protection of children and young people is our highest priority for the parishes of The Cheviot Benefice. If you ever have any concern for the safety of a young person or child please do not hesitate to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer, Carol Butler on 07825 167 016 or safeguarding link for the benefice Meg Hood 07748 928706.

If you would like to review the Safeguarding policy for the parishes of The Cheviot Benefice (that is the parishes of Doddington, Ilderton, Kirknewton and Wooler) please click on the link below. This policy was adopted at the Annual Parochial Church Council meetings and is reviewed and re-affirmed each year at the Annual Meetings which are held before 31st April of each year. However an outline of that policy can be found below.

Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused.

We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.

The Church of England affirms the ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding. This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent policy and practice across all Church bodies, Church Officers and that everyone associated with the Church, who comes into contact with children, young people and adults, has a role to play.

The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and adults; to respond

sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.

Diocese of Newcastle Safeguarding information

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