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 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. If you are not happy with the way in which a safeguarding issue or abuse concern has been dealt with and you cannot resolve the issue or concern with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, you should contact the independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Management Group by writing to: Simon Hackett, Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham, DH1 3RY. Any complaint received will be treated seriously and investigated in line with the principles set out in the Diocese of Durham’s Safeguarding policy. 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:
Training Handouts: A selection of the Safeguarding Training Handouts which were handed out at our most recent sessions for both clergy and lay people and can be downloaded below.
- The definitions and signs of child abuse
- Good Practice Safe Places
- How may I become aware of the actual or likely occurrence of abuse?
- How abusers involve children?
- Parish Safeguarding Checklist
- Responsibilities of Clergy and PCC in terms of Safeguarding
- The Abuser
- What do I do if a child discloses to me?
- What not to do if a child discloses to you
- Why children do not tell they are being abused
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