We, the people of Westerhope Methodist Church, are committed:

•    to the care and nurture of, and respectful 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 disclosures where needed.
We will respond to safeguarding concerns which suggest that a child, young person or adult may have been harmed or at risk of being harmed, working in partnership with other agencies where necessary.

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

Working with the District Safeguarding Officer, we will support risk assessment of those who present a safeguarding risk within a church environment.

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

The nominated Safeguarding Coordinator for Westerhope Methodist Church is:  
VIVIEN EDINGTON    0191 2633531

Circuit Safeguarding Officer
HAZEL SARGEANT    07792150245
Email - newcastle.west.methodist

Regional Safeguarding Officer
CAROLYN GODFREY    07534346374
Email -

        ChildLine  0800 1111                                                 NSPCC  0808 800 5000
                                    Social Care Direct (adults)      0191 2788377      07968474891
         SilverLine (older people) 0800 4708090                                                      Dementia Helpline 0800 888 6678

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.
Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church – Updated October 2019 can be found on the Methodist website

Agreed at the Church Council held on 25th February  2020