At St Joseph's Benwell we take the safety of all in our care very seriously, particularly for children and adults who may be at risk.

We have robust recruitment procedures in place for any staff or volunteer roles working with under 18s and adults who may be at risk, including up-to-date DBS (police record) checks where required.

In addition, our programmes and events are risk-assessed at least annually and staff and volunteer leaders are trained and updated annually in both fire and safeguarding procedures.

If you would like to know more you can read our Safeguarding Policy.

If you have concerns about the safety of children or adults at St Joseph’s Benwell you can contact any of the following:

Lydia Cochrane

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Chris Tasker

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

To speak to either Chris or Lydia, call the church office on 

Christian Safeguarding Services

Alternatively, contact the Christian Safeguarding Services advice line on 0116 218 4420 8am-10pm or email