The Diocese of Durham takes the safeguarding of children, young people and adults very seriously.
Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults We work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.
If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed or is at risk of harm, do not hesitate to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser for advice and support. If you wish to report an allegation of abuse from the past, or in the present, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your information will be treated appropriately and kept confidential. Beth Miller – (Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser) Mobile: 07968034075 Email: [email protected] | [email protected]
If you are unable to speak to the Safeguarding Adviser and a child, young person or adult is at immediate risk of harm please call 999.
If our Safeguarding Adviser is unavailable to answer your call, you can confidentially leave a contact number with our receptionist at Cuthbert House (01388 604515) who will ensure your call is returned at the earliest opportunity.
Complaints about how a safeguarding matter has been dealt with:
If you are not happy about how a safeguarding matter has been dealt with and you cannot resolve the issue or concern with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser you should, in the first instance, contact the Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group;
Simon Hackett, Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY
You may also report any concern using the Diocese’s “Whistleblowing” policy here
- Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment
- Vulnerable Adults Policy
- Full Safeguarding Policy
- DBS (Criminal Records Check) Information
- ‘Safe and Secure‘ – handy guidelines to help protect children, young people and those working with them.
Theology and Safeguarding The Faith and Order Commission document “The Gospel, Sexual Abuse and the Church” – A theological resource for the local church Click Here to download. Training:
Restored – Ending Violence Against Women Christian charity Restored aims to end violence against women through supporting and resourcing churches, and have produced a new pack which will help churches to:
- Understand more about domestic abuse: What it looks like and just how extensive it is.
- Take practical steps to end it: Includes a theological section to guide you through some of the issues specifically faced by Christians that can lead to abuse.
To download a free digital copy of the church pack, please visit their website at www.restoredrelationships.org/churchpack