St Aidan’s church recognises that none of us is invulnerable but that there is a particular care for those whose vulnerability is increased by situations, by disabilities or by reduction in capacities. It is recognised that this increased vulnerability may be temporary or permanent and may be visible or invisible, but that it does not diminish our humanity and seeks to affirm the gifts and graces of all God’s people.

Our Safeguarding Policy outlines our commitment to the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

St Aidan’s church is committed to following the national Church of England guidelines set out in  'Promoting a Safer Church',
and following the Newcastle Diocese safeguarding procedures that can be accessed here:

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a safeguarding advisor or if necessary, report the matter to the local authority Social Care Service or the police without delay.

The leaflet 'You will be listened to'
shows how the process of reporting abuse works in the hope that you or anyone you know that has been affected by abuse within the Church will have the confidence to speak out.

Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns:
Revd Louise Taylor-Kenyon: acting St Aidan’s Parish Safeguarding Officer  01668 214748
Ruth Rogan, Diocesan Safegarding Advisor 07825 167016
Local Authority Social Services: 0191 277 2500
If there is immediate danger contact the police on 101.