St Michael’s Church, part of the Diocese of Newcastle, is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and creating protective and supportive environments where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey in safety.

We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and adults, and Church of England policy and practice, and have fully adopted The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults, available online as a pdf. Further information from our Diocese about safeguarding can be found on the relevant part of the Diocesan website. We hope that if you or anyone you know has been affected by abuse within the Church, we will be able to give you the confidence to speak out. Further information about the process of reporting abuse can be found in the downloadable leaflet (pdf), “You Will Be Listened To“.

If you have any safeguarding concerns about an adult or child, you can contact the NSPCC’s dedicated helpline for concerns within the Church of England on 0800 802 020. This is a free, 24 hours service where you can speak in confidence. Alternatively, you may wish to contact a member of the St Michael’s Safeguarding Team:

Safeguarding Officer

Photograph of Patty EverittThe current Safeguarding Officer for St Michael’s Church is Patty Everitt.

Patty can be contacted about any safeguarding concern anyone might have either within or outside the church community.

Tel: 07768 869 551   |   Email:


Rev'd Canon Paul Scott

The Vicar of St Michael’s Church is the Rev’d Canon Paul Scott.

Tel: 01665 603 078



Jean Darby, Churchwarden

Our Churchwardens are:

Mrs Jean Darby

Tel: 01665 603 850

Pat Taylor

Mrs Pat Taylor

Tel:  01665 603 811


Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Ruth Rogan, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Ruth Rogan is our Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. She has overall responsibility for the strategic and operational activities of the team and is accountable to Bishop Christine. She has a social work background and can be contacted about any safeguarding concern anyone might have either within or outside the church community.
Tel: 07825 167 016  |  Email:

Other members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be contacted on the “Meet the Safeguarding Team” page of the Diocesan website.

The National Safeguarding Team can be contacted on the Church of England website, which also contains the phone numbers for helplines run by specialist agencies.

The information on this page is also reproduced in pdf format in our Safeguarding Contacts document (pdf, or alternatively in Word format).