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With One Voice

The Catholic Parishes of St Agnes’ Crawcrook, St Joseph’s Highfield and Our Lady of Lourdes Chopwell

Part of the Ovingham Parish Partnership in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle


Our Parishes are committed to providing a safe environment for every individual and we are committed to support and protect all of our young and vulnerable people from harm.

If you have any questions or concerns in relation to safeguarding, please ask to speak with our Safeguarding co-ordinators when you come to our church. You will be taken seriously and receive a confidential and friendly welcome.

Safeguarding contacts:
St Agnes’: Janet Dale
St Joseph's: Linda Bedford
Our Lady of Lourdes: Kevin Mongan

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.  It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.  

If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the Diocesan safeguarding office or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.  If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the Diocesan safeguarding office by tel: 0191 243 3305 or by email: 

Click HERE to access resources and information at the Diocesan Department for Safeguarding.