Safeguarding in the Diocese of Newcastle


Ruth RoganIf you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or is at risk of harm, do not hesitate to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser for advice and support.

Ruth Rogan: 07825 167 016,



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Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan regularly writes for this website and Diocesan Newspaper 'Link':

Welcome to the Safeguarding section of the Newcastle Diocese website - we hope you find it useful and informative.

In 2015 we re-wrote our Diocesan safeguarding policies and procedures and you can now download and read, save or print our safeguarding handbook ‘Towards a Safer Church’ from this page (below).

Please follow the guidance contained within this handbook for all matters relating to safeguarding children and adults.

There are nine sections and the intention is that by following these our practice both individually and collectively will help create safe spaces for everyone in the diocese whether they work or worship, volunteer or visit, attend activities or events we provide.

The first section is a contents document and this will point you in the right direction for the particular section you are looking for.



This online 'handbook' is reviewed annually, while there may be additions at any time.

Please get in touch if we have missed something, or the section you’ve accessed isn’t as clear as you would have liked, or you’re confused about what to do because your question hasn’t been answered by what you’ve read.

If your feedback relates to the content of the handbook, what might be missing or how we might improve the handbook please contact Ruth Rogan on 07825 167 016 or
or Linda Hunter on

If your feedback is technical and about issues such as opening documents or following links then please contact the Diocesan Office on 0191 270 4100 or

We look forward to hearing from you.



Additional resources


Forms and Information

Safer Recruitment
Volunteer Posts
Paid Posts
PCC members forms
(from Charity Commissioners)
Hiring of Premises
Other forms / information
Risk Assessments



Church of England House of Bishops' publications

Click below to read online; printed copies may be borrowed from the North East Religious Resources Centre at Church House, North Shields ( 

In addition, a comprehensive list of practice guidance and resources for parishes can be found on the national Church of England safeguarding site:

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