safeguarding policies and information

Parish Safeguarding Policy


The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 20th March 2019.

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. 

Charlotte Waites is our Parish Safeguarding officer.
Her contact number is:
07903 120259

Charlotte Waites is our Parish Safeguarding officer.

Her contact number is:

07903 120259

Policies and important information

Link to Durham Diocese Safeguarding policy

House of Bishops "Promoting a safer church"

this is the Church of England's safeguarding policy statement for children, young people and adults. There  should be a copy available at both churches

Reporting concerns

Our PSO is Charlotte Waites her number is  07903 120259   

If you have concerns and prefer not to talk to a member of the local church please follow the link to find more information. 

Adult and children's social care Sunderland  

Adult 0191 520 5552.

Children Contact Children's Safeguarding on 0191 520 5560 


Police : Call 101 or 999 in emergency

National policies and procedures

This link takes you to the Church of England national website page on safeguarding

Safeguarding Training

There are some online resources for safeguarding training available on the Durham diocesan website on the link below scroll to the bottom of  the page for training

Safer recruiting document

A document for the PCC to use and adopt

Domestic abuse guidelines

A document for the PCC to use adopt