St Francis Church is comitted to the safeguarding of people who may be at risk and promoting good practice.

You can see our Parish Safeguarding Policy for Children and Young People here and for Vulnerable Adults here.  These have been written alongside the Parish Safeguarding Handbook which you can download here .  We are committed to working within the latest Church of England safeguarding policy which you can find here .  You can download the diocesan document "You will be listened to" here

Key Contacts

Parish Safeguarding Officer
Dorothy Frankland
07530 813191


Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
07825 167 016

Contact details of organisations outside the church who can help NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000

(lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

(lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.Samaritans Helpline: 116 123

(open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141

(free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).

The Incumbent

Robert Lawrance
0191 266 1071 or 078 88 693 850
The Churchwardens
Elizabeth Brown
0191 289 3152
Susan Flood

0191 240 3751


Children's Advocate
Ms Elizabeth Thompson
07841 505521

DBS Administrator
Dr Jennifer Germain
0191 266 5144


For further information please go to the Diocese of Newcastle website:
or The Church of England Safeguarding Page:

Watch a video Our Commitmnent to Safeguarding here: 


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