If you have any safeguarding concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the safeguarding officers in our churches:

Venerable Bede

Kathy Germaine, kathleen342434@hotmail.com, 0191 2451903


St John’s

Olive Taylor, 0191 2731505


St James

Lorna Carter, lorna.carter@hotmail.com

and Pauline Nelson, p.hedgehog17@gmail.com


St Margaret’s: Brenda McCutcheon, brendamccutcheon@yahoo.co.uk, 07940 27877

Or one of the Diocese of Newcastle Safeguarding Advisers:

Ruth Rogan: 07825 167 016, r.rogan@newcastle.anglican.org

Andrew Grant: 07741 633 670 a.grant@newcastle.anglican.org




  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

  • Child-line0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline0808 2000 247 (lines 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 Helpline080 8808 8141 (freephone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).


For further information


And read this leaflet for help and information on how to report abuse within the Church: ‘You_Will_Be_Listened_To’


Our Parish Safeguarding Policy:

This statement was adopted by Benwell & Scotswood Team Parish, Newcastle upon Tyne at a meeting of the Parish Church Council on 19th November, 2019.


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 church appoints:

Kathleen Germaine (The Church of the Venerable Bede)
Olive Taylor (St John the Baptist, Old Benwell)
Lorna Carter & Pauline Nelson (St James Benwell)
Brenda McCutcheon (St Margaret’s Scotswood)

as the Parish Safeguarding Officers.


Signed by:

Team Rector – The Revd David Kirkwood

Team Vicar – The Revd Dominic Coad


St Margaret’s: Brenda McCutcheon & Claire Lewis

St James’: Pat Young & Christina Wilson

St John’s: Edith Hutchinson & Joseph Foster

Venerable Bede: Peter Amori


We are committed to our churches being safe places for everyone. Read our policy below and contact us if you have any concerns about the safety of a vulnerable adult or child:

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