Our Commitment

We are committed to creating safe spaces for children and young people. This means that the activities, physical spaces and relationships that we facilitate with and for children and young people are formed with safeguarding at the front of our minds. This includes:

  • Safer recruitment of all staff and volunteers
  • Risk assessing all of our activities and venues
  • Training all of our team in a variety of issues
  • Planning our activities to ensure young people are safe, emotionally, physically and spiritually, to engage with their whole selves
  • Procedures in place for responding to incidents or disclosures
  • Close working relationships with partner organisations who promote safety and respond to unsafe situations

Above all, our key consideration in all of our planning, delivery and evaluation, is the holistic safety of children and young people.

Key Contacts

If you have any questions about MINE Youth’s safeguarding policies or procedures, or to report a concern, contact Dave Johnson, the safeguarding lead for MINE Youth activities.

If you have any issues or questions you feel you can’t raise with Dave, you can contact Phil Medley (responsible for MINE) or Carol Butler or Andrew Grant from the safeguarding team for the Diocese of Newcastle (who are responsible for safeguarding in all Church of England projects in Newcastle and Northumberland).

Additionally, we are committed to ensuring any data we store about children, young people, families or team members is kept safely in accordance with the GDPR regulations. If you would like to see, edit, or delete any data we might hold about you, get in touch with Dave Johnson (details above) and we will respond to your request.

Safeguarding Policy

The MINE safeguarding policy is available here.

MINE Youth has an expanded safeguarding policy and procedures document. As this is regularly updated in line with best practice, this is not online but the most up to date version is available on request.

Other Organizations

If you have a concern about somebody, you can seek advice or help from any of the following:

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).

Newcastle Upon Tyne Social Services Phone numbers:

  • Children or young people concerns:
    During office hours call  0191 277 2500 Monday to Friday 8.45am to 5pm.
  • Adults:
    Community Health and Social Care Direct on 0191 278 8377 Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
  • Out of office hours for children and adults:
    Telephone 0191 278 7878