The Parish of Ponteland


If you’re worried that a child or vulnerable adult in your church might be suffering from some kind of ABUSE

DO NOT try to diagnose, investigate or sort it out yourself

THINK HARD about what it is about their appearance or behaviour that is making you worried or suspicious

DO NOT promise confidentiality if someone talks to you about what might be abuse

DECIDE who you should Talk to, and

TALK TO THEM – within 24 hours

The person to talk to might be

· another leader

· the Parish Safeguarding Officer (Rosemary Rhodes, 01661 825139)

· the Safeguarding Advisor for the Diocese of Newcastle (Carol Butler - 0191 270 4147 or 07825 167016)


A downloadable leaflet 'You will be listened to' gives information and help on how to report abuse with the church and how the church will respond.


The whistleblowing policy can be read here.


You may think it necessary to contact Northumberland Social Services on 01670 623978 (0845 600 5252 out of hours)

or the NSPCC child protection helpline on 0808 800 5000 free and open 24 hours.

or Childline 0800 1111 free and open 24 hours. For children and young people.

or Family lives 0808 800 2222

or National Domestic Violence helpline 0808 2000 247 free and open 24 hours.

or Samaritan help line 116123 open 24 hours

or Action of Elder Abuse 080 8808 8141 Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.


Some additional, recently added links and services have been added below:-

Onecall – joint phone or text contact service operated jointly by Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare.  Onecall brings together adult social care and healthcare staff from the trust with Northumberland County Council staff from children’s services, and partners in Northumbria Police. “Our priority is providing help at the earliest opportunity before the situation becomes more serious”.

Link to C of E advice on Domestic Abuse in Covid 19 context


North East & North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network


In cases where the child or vulnerable adult is clearly in immediate danger you should contact the Police by ringing 999

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