Safeguarding

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy, St Thomas’ 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 church will:

  • Create a safe and caring place for all

  • Have a named Church Safeguarding Officer (CSO) to work with the incumbent and the St Thomas’ Action Group 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 St Thomas’ Church 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

DIOCESE OF NEWCASTLE SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION

CHURCH OF ENGLAND SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION

'YOU WILL BE LISTENED TO' LEAFLET

HOUSE OF BISHOPS' PROMOTING A SAFER CHURCH

 

If you have a concern about safeguarding at St Thomas' you can contact:

Mary Swindells, Church Safeguarding Officer | 07971 254603

Revd Ben Doolan | ben@stthomas.church, 01912 091494

Ruth Rogan, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor | r.rogan@newcastle.anglican.org, 07825 167016

 

Here are some HELPLINES for agencies which are not part of the Church:

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).