Safeguarding

Parish Safeguarding Officers

 

Alnmouth: Isabel Chalmers

Lesbury: Helen Cooper

Longhoughton: Helen Cooper

Howick: Helen Cooper

 

 

01665 830362

01665 711925

01665 711925

01665 711925

Childline                            

0800 1111

Family Lives Confidential Helpline                       

0808 800 2222


This statement has been adopted by each church in the Aln & Coastland Parishes and approved at a PCC.

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.

This policy is reviewed each year by each Parochial Church Council and re-affirmed at the Annual Meeting

 

Each parish is working in line with the House of Bishops' Safeguarding policy "Promoting a Safer Church"  details can be found here  

Click Here for Parish Safeguarding Handbook.

For further information please go to the Diocese of Newcastle website

www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding

and the Church of England Safeguarding Page 

www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding

Also a link to this leaflet You will be listened to.

 

Parish News:

PALM SUNDAY 14th APRIL

PALM SUNDAY SERVICE in Alnmouth Church at 10.30am

Parish Events:

Thought of the Week

You cannot wander anywhere that will not aid you.
Anything you can touch—God brought it into
the classroom of your mind.

—Daniel Ladinsky, inspired by St. Francis of Assisi