Welcome from the Department for Safeguarding

Our Commitment to Safeguarding

The Diocese is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church. Supported by and in compliance with the policies and procedures of the Catholic Standards Safeguarding Agency (CSSA), we are striving towards a culture of safeguarding where all are safe from harm and abuse and where everyone is encouraged and enabled to enjoy the fullness of life In Jesus Christ through the prayerful, nurturing, supportive and protective endeavours of the Catholic Community, both individually and collectively.‍

The Diocese will ensure that any allegations of a safeguarding matter are responded to promptly and liaise openly with statutory authorities to support investigations, responding sensitively and compassionately to those in need, and ensuring perpetrators are held to account.

The Dignity of All

It is the firm expectation of the Bishop, Trustees and Safeguarding Commission that all those working with vulnerable groups including children, young people or adults at risk, undertake Diocesan Safeguarding Awareness Training. This is not dependent on their role being eligible for a DBS check. Training can be achieved by individuals completing the relevant EduCare/Tes module(s) online.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Commission expects all those engaged in this important ministry to complete the training. Completion of this training is required if individuals wish to continue working with vulnerable groups. You can find out more about training here.

Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role at the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group.

If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent unless you or someone else is in immediate danger.

The Safe Spaces team is available through its helpline and live chat service between Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, apart from Thursday when the service is open 12pm-8pm.

Tel: 0300 303 1056
Email: safespaces@victimsupport.org.uk
LiveChat: www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk
Website: www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk

Safeguarding Commission, Policy and Resource

Diocesan Safeguarding Commission

Find out more about the Diocesan Safeguarding Commission, what it does, who its members are and read the minutes from previous meetings.

Safeguarding Guidelines and Policies

Find out how you can Report Abuse and read our latest Safeguarding Guidelines and Policies.

Parish Safeguarding Representatives Resources

Access to all our resources and tools for Parish Safeguarding Representatives (PSR’s) to support DBS checks for new volunteers and re-checks.

Diocesan Safeguarding Team

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

Tel: 0191 243 3305

Email: safeguarding@diocesehn.org.uk

Head of Safeguarding

Meriel Anderson

Safeguarding Senior Administrator

Rob Appleby

Safeguarding Administrator

Karen Brown

Safeguarding Administrator

Yvonne Brown

Safeguarding Administrator

Lisa Short

Useful links:

Safeguarding Organisations:

Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency tel: 0207 901 1920

Website TBA.

NSPCC tel: 0800 800 5000

ChildLine tel: 0800 1111

Action on Elder Abuse tel: 0808 808 8141

Age UK tel: 0800 169 6565

Domestic Violence Helpline tel: 0808 200 0247

Family Action Tel: 0207 254 6251

Safe Spaces Tel: 0300 303 1056

Local Police Authorities:

Northumbria Police* 101

Durham Police* 101

Cleveland Police* 101

*In an emergency ring 999


Contact numbers for the 10 Local Authority Children’s and Adult’s Services in our Diocese can be found in your local Phone Directory.