The Hebburn and South Shields Pastorate of the United Reformed Church comprises the churches of St Andrew’s-Hebburn; St Paul and St John’s-South Shields; and St Margaret’s-South Shields. It has been agreed by the three churches that their Safeguarding Policy will follow, to the letter, the policy that has been accepted by the Northern Synod of the URC. That Policy is set out in full below.

Northern Synod believes that children, young people and adults have a right to live in a way that does not cause them harm or impede their human rights. We therefore acknowledge their right to protection from abuse regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs. We consider that, in accordance with legislation, the welfare of children and adults at risk is paramount. We will follow legislation, statutory guidance and recognised good practice. We believe that domestic abuse in all its forms is unacceptable and inconsistent with a Christian way of living. Safeguarding is taken seriously by Northern Synod.

Here are the appendices safeguarding synod policy appendices


Matt Knowles
Safeguarding Adviser
e-mail –
Mobile- 07761 525592

Matt is available to provide guidance upon any safeguarding situation faced by the churches, as well as to offer training, information and advice about safeguarding matters in our synod.


St Margaret’s                                          Mrs H. Singleton. 0191 456 4850
St Andrew’s and St Paul & St John’s    Mrs A Cooper

Download Synod Safeguarding Policy

Handbook for Churches

– this takes you to reference material, policies and draft templates. Everything you need to know should be here!

URC website pages dealing with recruitment and selection issues and DBS applications