The Parish of Ponteland

Safeguarding

If you’re worried that a child 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 the child’s 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 (Ruth Rogan - 07825 167016)

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

or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000

or Childline 0800 1111

or Family lives 0808 800 2222

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

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