The Parochial Church Council of St Thomas, Harelaw and Annfield Plain is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for everyone, especially for children, young people and vulnerable adults. It has adopted and approved the Church of England policy for promoting a safer church. This policy deals with all aspects of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. A full text can be found here


To discuss any safeguarding concerns relating to St Thomas, Harelaw and Annfield Plain please contact either:

  • the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Mrs. A. Robson, on (01207) 233472
  • the Parish Priest, Rev’d Lesley Sutherland, on (01207) 529166, Email:


Concerns can also be raised with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Mrs Beth Miller – she can be contacted as follows:


Address: Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY

Email: or

Mobile: 07968 034075


For further information please also see the Diocese of Durham safeguarding pages: