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 Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) 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 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

If you have a safeguarding concern 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

Or:

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

Child-line | 0800 1111 (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 (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 and open Monday to Friday, 9-5pm).

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