The care and protection of children and young people is our highest priority at St. Gabriel’s. If you ever have any concern for the safety of a young person or child please do not hesitate to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer, Ruth Rogan on 07825 167 016 or the Parish Safeguarding Officer for St. Gabriel’s.Mrs Melanie Lewis 0191 903 1231.
This statement was adopted by St Gabriel’s Parish at a Parochial Church Council meeting held on 20th September 2018 and is reviewed each year by the Parochial Church Council and re-affirmed at the Annual Meeting.
Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Church of England
The Church of England, its Archbishops, Bishops, clergy and leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.
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, 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.
The Church of England affirms the ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding. This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent policy and practice across all Church bodies, Church Officers and that everyone associated with the Church, who comes into contact with children, young people and adults, has a role to play.
The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and adults; to respond
sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.