Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Tony Lawless

In his absence, the Designated Safeguarding Lead is Melany Francisco-Lawless


The following are appointed counter signatory:

Angie Richardson   Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator

Meriel Anderson  Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

Yvonne Brown   Safeguarding Administrative Assistant (full-time)


The Youth Ministry Trust [YMT] offers services to young people in a variety of contexts across the area of the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese in locations such as schools, churches and the Emmaus Village. YMT as a company has agreed to work within the overall Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy of the Diocese and as such welcomes the support offered by the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer.


All staff and volunteers at YMT are committed to the safety of young people while engaged in YMT activities. We are committed to the Safeguarding Policies of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from any form of abuse or maltreatment and to promote a safe environment for them.


This commitment flows from the fact that every human being has a value and dignity which we as Catholics acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. This implies a duty to value all people and therefore to support them and protect them from harm.


In order to ensure that the welfare of young people is nurtured, upheld and protected, all activities are carefully planned and take place in an environment in which young people feel safe, secure, confident, valued and respected.


Due to the variety of ministries which take place, those who work with young people are carefully selected and when concerns arise, they are dealt with robustly.


The Youth Ministry Trust fully adheres to National Catholic Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.

Diocesan Safeguarding Team

Telephone 0191 243 3305 Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm


ANGIE RICHARDSON - Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator

MERIEL ANDERSON - Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

YVONNE BROWN - Safeguarding Administrative Assistant (full-time)

CLAIRE WALTON - Safeguarding Administrative Assistant (part-time, Friday)


Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service Tel: 0121 237 3740

NSPCC Tel: 0800 800 5000

ChildLine Tel: 0800 1111


Northumbria Police* Tel: 01661 872555 or 101

Durham Police* Tel: 0345 606 0365 or 101

Cleveland Police* Tel: 01642 326326 or 101

*In an emergency ring 999

Contact numbers for the 10 Local Authority Children’s and Adult’s Services in our Diocese can be found in your local Phone Directory.

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Pemberton Road
Co. Durham

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