Safe Environment

Here at Newcastle Holy Cross Church we aim to create a safe environment where all people, including children and young people, especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with in safety. We work hard to safeguard children and young people, vulnerable adults as well as seeking to support those who find themselves in a difficult relationship. 

We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and Church of England policy and practice. Click here for more information.

Safeguarding Complaints

All complaints made will be acted on promptly and we will work in close partnership with police and social care services where children or vulnerable adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment. Safe recruitment, training and support is provided for all our voluntary and paid workers with children and vulnerable adults.

Safeguarding Contacts

The appointed Safeguarding Officer for Holy Cross is Anne Brewis. If you have any concerns about a child or vulnerable adult at Holy Cross, please contact Safeguarding Officer, Anne Brewis 0191 2746750 or

Churchwardens, Ron Gordon on or 0191 2721571 and Dawn Potter on or 0191 2746986

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Caroline Butler. Tel: 07825 167016

Children’s Services Newcastle Tel: 0191 277 2500..

Adult Health and Social Care Services Newcastle. Tel: 0191 2788377, Police 101, Emergency 999.

Holy Cross Safeguarding Policy

The Parish of Holy Cross, Newcastle


The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) Meeting held on September 7th 2021

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 ANNE BREWIS as the Parish Safeguarding Officer

Incumbent Rev. DAN MCCARTHTY


September 2021

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