Support for victims and survivors

Reporting abuse can be very difficult, if you have either been abused or are being abused now, there is help and support available.

If you have been affected by abuse, however long ago, or if you are concerned that someone else is experiencing or has experienced abuse in a church setting, we want to help.

On this page, you will information about :

Support available from the Church
Raising a complaint or concern about our safeguarding practice
Signposts to external organisations that can offer support
Links to victim/survivor-led websites
Key contacts


Support available from the Church

If you are worried about someone and want to raise a concern or report abuse, you can contact one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers. View their contact details

The Responding Well guide aims to explain what support you can expect from the Church. Download the guide or click the image to the right.

The following short videos below summarise the content of the Responding Well to Victims and Survivors of Abuse guidance.

  • Overview – Provides an introduction to the guidance
  • Recognising and disclosing abuse – Provides information on how to report abuse within the Church of England
  • Receiving a disclosure of abuse – Advice addressed to all members of the church who may witness abuse or receive disclosures of abuse, providing advice on how to respond well
  • Support options - Provides information on the support options available to victims and survivors of church-related abuse

The Interim Support Scheme
The Church of England’s Interim Support Scheme offers immediate help and support to survivors whose life circumstances are significantly affected by the abuse suffered, and the response to it.

Raising a complaint or concern about our safeguarding practice

As a Safeguarding Team, we endeavour to provide the highest level of professional service and support as possible.

However, if you are concerned about any safeguarding practice or service you have seen or received. either from the Diocesan team, a church, or another part of the Diocesan support structure, please do contact us.

Where else you can report a concern about safeguarding practice
If you do not feel comfortable raising your concern with the team directly, you can approach the Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel, Dr Liza Thompson on

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel is a group of external safeguarding professionals, along with senior clergy and officers from the Diocese and the Cathedral, who provide quality assurance and challenge in regard to safeguarding.

In this short video (see above), Dr Liza Thompson, the Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel, explains more about how victims and survivors can help us shape and improve our response. (Captions available)

Signposts to external organisations that can offer support

We have compiled a downloadable list of national and local organisations and services that can be approached for support. We highlight some of the key ones below:

Safe Spaces

Safe Space - A free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, the Catholic Church of England and Wales or the Church in Wales. 

MACSAS - Minister & Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors

Provides support to both women and men who have been sexually abused, as children or adults, by ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the Church.

Rape Crisis

A national organisation offering support and counselling for those affected by rape and sexual abuse.

NAPAC - National Association for People Abused in Childhood

Provides support to adults who have been abused in any way as children. 


Child Protection Helpline - phone if you are worried about a child.


Phone if you are a child or young person, and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline

Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

The Survivors Trust

A national umbrella agency for 130 specialist organisations in the UK that offer support to people who have experienced sexual violence, sexual assault or sexual abuse. It has a free, confidential helpline.

Hourglass (elder abuse)

Hourglass believe in safer ageing and stopping abuse for the elderly.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust (stalking)

Support for victims of stalking and advice on lone working.


Links to victim/survivor-led websites and resources

Here are details of some websites and blogs which have been established by victims and survivors of abuse.

  • If I told you, what would you do? - A  joint-funded creative initiative between Safe Spaces and the Diocese of Newcastle, which through the creative mediums of video and poetry, aims to engage with survivors of faith-based abuse, as well as with those who need to see, hear, and respond well to them.  
  • House of Survivors - This is an information-based site for Survivors of Church of England-based abuse and Safeguarding employees within the Church of England. Please be aware that a disclaimer on this site warns that it contains some distressing content.  Please exercise self-care.  Should you need support, please visit one of the services listed on the website or use the Quick Exit button available on the site itself.
  • Survivors Voices - Survivors Voices is a survivor-led organisation that harnesses the expertise of people affected by abuse in order to transform society’s response to trauma and abuse. They state that they are ‘experts by experience’, survivors of all types of abuse, experienced as a child or as an adult, 'turning our pain into the power to create something good.' 


We are very grateful to all those with lived experiences of abuse who engage with us in order that we can improve our support to victims and survivors. If there is something you think we can be doing better or there is something missing from this page that you think would be helpful, please contact a member of the team.


Key contacts

Greg Barry

Lead Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
07585 952174

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Caroline Smith

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
07768 036590

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Anthony Glockling

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
07825 315748

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Alison Jones

Safeguarding Administrator

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Ruth Campbell

Safeguarding Trainer
07585 101624

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General email

Contact all the DSAs and Safeguarding Administrator
01634 560 000

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