Safeguarding is the term used to denote measures to protect the health, well-being and human rights of individuals, which allow people, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults, to live free from abuse, harm and neglect.
‘The Church of England is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The life of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news speaks of welcome for all, with a particular regard for those who are most vulnerable, into a community where the value and dignity of every human being is affirmed and those in positions of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. Being faithful to our call to share the gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has'. From ‘Promoting a Safer Church’, The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy Statement.
Kirkheaton is part of the Upper Wansbeck group of churches
Upper Wansbeck churches have a Joint Safeguarding Team
Benefice Safeguarding Officer:
Carole Chorley, [email protected]
Priest in Charge - position vacant
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor:
Carol Butler, telephone 07825 167016. Email: c.butl[email protected]
If you have any concerns regarding Safeguarding please contact any of the above people. The link to the Diocesan web site is www.newcastle.anglican.org follow the links to Safeguarding.
On the web site you may find the following information useful 'Reporting Abuse and Finding Support' and 'You will be listened to'.
Northumberland County Council, Northumbria Healthcare and Northumbria Police provide a ONECALL Service in which you can report any suspected abuse of a child or adult. 01670 536400.
Please do not hesitate to contact any of the Safeguarding Officers if you have any concerns.