Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Morpeth Parish supports wholeheartedly TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH

Alternatively, to make a direct referral or seek advice, contact the Newcastle Diocese Safeguarding Adviser, Carol Butler tel. 07825167016 or for more information visit the safeguarding page of the Newcastle Diocese website:  

Safeguarding in your Parish – Who’s who?

The Ministry Team
Rector Revd. Canon Simon White
Revd. Jeremy Cooper
Revd. Paul Rusby (Curate)
Contact Numbers
01670 517716
01670 511593
07719 920061
The churchwardens
Mr Michael Daws
Dr Robert Young
Dr Andrew Mowat
Contact Numbers
01670 515128
01670 511407
01670 514357
The Parish Safeguarding Officer
Mrs Pauline Young
The Responsible Caring Group
Mrs. Kathryn Brown
Revd. Paul Rusby
Mrs. Vivienne Sommerville 
Mr. Nick Stratford
Contact Numbers
07779 132452

07914 394919
07719 920061
01670 513181
01670 518790
Mrs. Harriet Gilfillan
Mrs. Janet Hedley
Mrs. Val Cowan
Contact Numbers
07736 108711
01670 514117
07887 594161
Hall managers & bookers Parish Office
Contact Number
01670 503326
Office Hours:
Mon, Tues - 10am to 11am
Weds - 9am to 3pm
Thur, Fri - 10am to 2pm (Holidays 10am to 11am)

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

If you are worried that

A child or vulnerable adult in church might be suffering 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.

This could be the Rector, Rev. Simon White (01670 517716),

the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Pauline Young (07779 132452)

or any of the people listed above:

If the child or vulnerable adult is in the care of the church and you have any concerns you can contact Carol Butler, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (07825167016) email


You may think it necessary to contact

Children’s Services & Vulnerable Adults Services


Northumberland       Initial Response   One Call    01670 536400

                                                                                   (24 hours)


NSPCC             0808 800 5000                                                     Domestic Abuse helpline 0808 2000 247


Childline         08001111                                                              Samaritans 116 123 


In cases where the child or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger – contact police by ringing 999


Parish Safeguarding Policies:

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Safeguarding Policy
Dignity at Work Policy and Procedures
Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable adults
Complaints Policy
Whistle-Blowing Policy