In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:
How to contact the Parish Safeguarding Officers
Our Parish Safeguarding officers are:-
Parish Wide Safeguarding Officer- Susan White 07717823915
Parish North Area Safeguarding –
Parish South Area Safeguarding – Sarah Hindle
Central Area Safeguarding – Elaine Raynar
The diocese safeguarding advisor is Beth Miller and her contact details are: –
Address: Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY
If you are unable to get in touch with any of the above a child, young person or adult is at immediate risk of harm please call 999
Safeguarding of Children, Young people and Vulnerable Adults.
The Church of England takes seriously the Safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults and has recently updated their Safeguarding Policy. The Diocese of Durham have adopted this policy, so too have we having been agreed and implemented across the whole Parish through the Parochial Church Council.
St Mary and St Cuthbert 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, maintaining and updating if needed to cover new groups or activity sessions.
Create safe online spaces for children and young people to take part in online activities. Following guidance set by the diocese.
Create a culture of safeguarding by keeping it regularly on the agenda at PCC level and Area Meetings
St Mary and St Cuthbert Parish are committed to ensuring all procedures and policies are implemented effectively to adhere to
Diocesan Safeguarding Policy For Adults, Children and Young People (2021)
Promoting a Safer Church: House of Bishops policy Statement (2017)
Responding well to domestic abuse practice Guidance (2017)
Safer Recruitment Practice Guidance (2016)
Because of this, church members who are actively involved in working alongside children young people and vulnerable adults are required to undergo varying levels of safeguarding training and necessary checks.
In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our Parish is committed to:
Following – Safer environment and activities guidance
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.
*Additional safeguarding measures maybe add to this document throughout the time between annual reviews to ensure this working document fits the needs of the parish and its members, current COVID-19 measures are in place throughout the parish we follow national and regional guidance. Youth and Children’s groups will also follow NYA (national youth agency) guidance for working to protect vulnerable young people in this time of COVID restriction.
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 Susan White as the Parish Safeguarding Officer
Incumbent David Tully
For further information on our policies please contact the parish office