Safeguarding Training Officer Mark Bagnall

First published on: 29th June 2020

Id like to introduce myself. Im Mark Bagnall, the Dioceses new Safeguarding Training Officer. My role is to ensure that the Foundation and Leadership modules are delivered in the Diocese. This is carried out in conjunction with the volunteer trainers

North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network launch new website

First published on: 2nd June 2020

Coping with the current pandemic isnt easy, for most it is a challenge, but for some the impact has been much greater. Deterioration in mental health continues to be a concern as this crisis continues.The need to f

Changes within the Safeguarding team

First published on: 31st March 2020

I will be retiring as Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser in June this year and the Diocese is starting the recruitment process for a full-time safeguarding adviser to replace me. Ive been in this role for almost six years and until now it has always been

A strategy for victims and survivors of abuse

First published on: 3rd March 2020

The Church of England and in turn the Diocese of Newcastle are committed to ensuring that the voices and views of victims and survivors of abuse are heard and taken into account in all we do.This focus has become a priority as a result of the poor pr

Towards a safer church

First published on: 3rd December 2019

As Christmas approaches and another year comes to an end, I always like to reflect on the previous 12 months, both personally and professionally. I am pleased to say that I think 2019 has been a good year in every sense. The work of the Safeguarding


First published on: 22nd October 2019

In September Andrew Grant (Asst DSA) and I attended a National Safeguarding Summit at York University.The first day was facilitated by members of the national Survivors Reference Group.They talked not only about their experience of reporting abuse wi

A safe environment and activities

First published on: 2nd July 2019

This is the heading of the 11th section of the Parish Safeguarding Handbook (PSH). All parishes were sent a copy of the Parish Safeguarding Handbook earlier in the year. This booklet should be on display in your church along with your safeguarding po

Panorama and the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse

First published on: 21st May 2019

In recent weeks, there has been considerable publicity about the churchs failings to respond compassionately, effectively and appropriately to victims and survivors abused by clergy, with evidence that the reputation of the church and its senior cler

Safeguarding training and policy. What can a parish expect from the Diocese?

First published on: 26th March 2019

This is the heading of the second section of the Parish Safeguarding Handbook. A complimentary printed copy will be coming out to all parishes very soon.So what can you expect from the Diocese?Safeguarding policy and guidanceSafeguarding advice and s

Towards A Safer Church: DBS and training

First published on: 6th March 2019

Within the safeguarding team based at Church House we are fortunate to have Ruth OHagan who is the DBS Administrator for the DioceseShe can help with any queries you might have about who is eligible for a DBS check and provide guidance as to what lev

Towards A Safer Church: Safeguarding Concerns

First published on: 28th January 2019

The Safeguarding Team is often asked when it should be contacted in relation to safeguarding concerns. Reproduced above is a flow chart taken from the new Parish Safeguarding Handbook, which should help answer this question (the flow chart

Domestic Abuse Champions

First published on: 10th December 2018

Twenty members of laity and clergy attended Domestic Abuse Champion training in November at the Police and Crime Commissioners Office.They will join an extensive network (over 850) of Champions who have been trained since 2013 within the public, priv

Safeguarding Training

First published on: 12th November 2018

I enjoyed the session, it wasnt what I expected, I found the group discussions really helpful, it was good to talk with other people These are just some of the comments that were made following a recent safeguarding training session. If you havent at

Parish Safeguarding Handbook

First published on: 13th August 2018

Each parish has now received an electronic copy of the nationally produced Parish Safeguarding Handbook.This handbook outlines the safeguarding responsibilities for parishes based on the House of Bishops Safeguarding Policies and Practice Guidance. A

Some Questions ~ Towards a Safer Church

First published on: 20th June 2018

Safeguarding whilst Out and About Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do and it is the responsibility of all of us. We are approaching the time when groups may be going out and about over the summer. Whether you are on a day visit, a r

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