Safeguarding All God's Children



At The Church of the Ascension we are  committed to keeping people safe.


We work within the safeguarding guidelines of the Diocese of Newcastle and the Church of England, adopting the National Safeguarding Policy  Promoting a Safer Church. Our own safeguarding policy can be viewed by clicking here. All of our members who work with children / young people or vulnerable adults are required to complete a confidential declaration, have references, a DBS check where appropriate, and attend safeguarding training provided by Newcastle Diocese.


Reporting abuse and finding support


If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or is at risk of harm, do not hesitate to contact us for advice and support.


Within The Church of the Ascension you may contact our Priest in Charge or Parish Safeguarding Officer:


PRIEST IN CHARGE    The Rev'd Angela Plummer

T: 0191 285 7803



T: 0191 284 2379 or  0777 4135 286

ASSISTANT PARISH SAFEGUARDING OFFICERS (Policies and Procedures)    Leanne Conway-Wilcox

T: 07969 125 975



Alternatively you may wish to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers:


Ruth Rogan

T: 07825 167 016

T: 0191 270 4100


Please find below contact details of organisations outside of the church who can help

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000

Call if you are worried about a child


Childline: 0800 111

Call if you are a child or young person and worried about anything


National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse


Samaritans Helpline: 116 123

Call if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to


Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141


For further information please go to the Diocese of Newcastle website

For The Church of England's National Safeguarding Information please go to

Please find a link to the leaflet 'You are being Listened to' - click here