Promoting a Safer Church

People are important to us!

Safeguarding Policies

The Parochial Church Council of Oxclose Church, Washington, 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 of our safeguarding policy can be found here and the Diocese of Durham’s safeguarding policy can be found here.

Report a Concern

If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a child or adult you should speak to:

Grace Sidney, our Parish Safeguarding Officer
0191 417 3143,


Gavin Rushton, our Vicar
0191 431 2568

Concerns can also be raised with Durham Diocese by contacting:

Beth Miller, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
07968 034075 or
Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY


For further information please also see the Diocese of Durham safeguarding page here.