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     Westerhope Newcastle upon Tyne

Statement of Safeguarding Principles

It is the Methodist Church’s intention to value every human being as part of God’s creation and the whole people of God. At the heart of the Methodist community is a deep sense of the place of welcome, hospitality and openness, which demonstrates the nature of God’s grace and love for all.

Our church communities are called to be places where the transformational love of God is embodied and life in all its fullness is a gift, which is offered to all people.


Safeguarding is about 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 and respond well to those that have been abused.

We are committed to:

· the care and nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and adults

· safeguarding and protecting all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable

· establishing safe, caring communities, which provide a loving environment where there is informed vigilance as to the dangers of abuse.

We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

We will respond without delay to every safeguarding concern, which suggests that a child, young person or adult may have been harmed, working in partnership with the police and social services in any investigation.

We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.

We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

Working with the Church Safeguarding Officer, we will support risk assessment of those who present a safeguarding risk within a church environment. We will ensure appropriate pastoral care is offered and measures are taken to address identified risks including referral to statutory agencies, suspension and the use of safeguarding contracts.

In all these principles, we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.



REV LYNDA COULTHARD     0191 2711587


The nominated Safeguarding Coordinator

for Westerhope Methodist Church is: 

VIVIEN EDINGTON    0191 2633531


Circuit Safeguarding Officer

HAZEL SARGEANT    07792150245

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Regional Safeguarding Officer

CAROLYN GODFREY    07534346374

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        ChildLine  0800 1111             NSPCC  0808 800 5000

                             Local Helpline - Social Care Direct (adults)   0191 2788377      07968474891

   SilverLine (older people) 0800 4708090         Dementia Helpline 0800 888 6678       Samaritans 116123

             Action on Elder Abuse 0808 808 8141       National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000247


The Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy for Westerhope Methodist Church can be found on the left hand section of the notice board between Room 1 and the Church Hall and on website

Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church – Updated September 2020 can be found on the Methodist website


Agreed by Church Council – 27th February 2024

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