St. Thomas’ Church, Harelaw, is committed to the Safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults. We believe that we have a duty of care to ensure that all activities within the church maintain the dignity, physical , emotional and spiritual wellbeing of all children and adults.

To this end we reject any behaviour either physical, mental or emotional which makes a child or vulnerable adult feel humiliated, isolated, worthless or upset.

Reporting Concerns in Church

Any concerns should be reported immediately to one of the Churchwardens, the Priest in Charge (usually Rev’d Lesley Sutherland), Safeguarding Officer or person in charge.

Reporting Concerns outside of Church or at any time

If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed or is at risk of harm, do not hesitate to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser for advice and support. If you wish to report an allegation of abuse from the past, or in the present, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your information will be treated appropriately and kept confidential.

Beth Miller – (Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser)

Address: Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY

Email: |

Mobile: 07968 034 075

If you are unable to speak to the Safeguarding Adviser, and a child, young person or adult is at immediate risk of harm, please call 999.

St Thomas’ adhere to the Durham Diocesan Safeguarding Policy, which can be viewed here: