Safeguarding & GDPR

Safeguarding at Holy Trinity


Holy Trinity church is committed to the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults and affirms that the needs of children or of people when they are vulnerable are paramount. Safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community and we strive to do all we can across all our activities to create a safe space for all.

Holy Trinity church recognises that none of us are invulnerable but that there is a particular care for those whose vulnerability is increased by situations, by disabilities or by reduction in capacities. It is recognised that this increased vulnerability may be temporary or permanent and may be visible or invisible, but that it does not diminish our humanity and seeks to affirm the gifts and graces of all God’s people.

Our policy 'Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults' (top right) outlines our procedures regarding the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It is intended to be a dynamic policy. It is intended to support the church in being a safe supportive and caring community for children, young people, vulnerable adults, for survivors of abuse, for communities and for those affected by abuse.

Holy Trinity church is committed to following the national Church of England guidelines set out in  'Promoting a Safer Church' (right), and following the Newcastle Diocese safeguarding procedures that can be accessed here.

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a safeguarding advisor or if necessary, report the matter to the local authority Social Care Service or the police without delay.

The leaflet 'You will be listened to' opposite shows how the process of reporting abuse works in the hope that you or anyone you know that has been affected by abuse within the Church will have the confidence to speak out.

Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns:

Liz Cook, Holy Trinity Parish Safeguarding Officer can be contacted here. 

Carol Butler, Diocesan Safegarding Advisor 07825 167016

Local Authority Social Services: 0191 277 2500

If there is immediate danger contact the police on 101.

General Data Protection Regulations 2018

Holy Trinity Church only keeps personal data that we have consent to do so. It is kept safely and is never handed on to other organisations.  This policy (right) outlines the data we keep, and how it is handled. 

Individual Rights:

  1. Individuals are entitled to examine their and their dependants’ details kept by Holy Trinity Church [Jesmond].
  2. Individuals may have their personal data removed from any list held by Holy Trinity Church [Jesmond] on request to either: the Data Controller, Data Protection Officer or Church Administrator.
  3. Individuals have to give Holy Trinity Church [Jesmond] explicit instructions that their data may be retained.  Appropriate forms for this consent will be issued for you to fill in.

For more information on any of our policies, please contact the church office.