The Parish of Houghton-le-Spring 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 can be found here

To discuss any safeguarding concerns relating to St Michael’s, Houghton-le-spring please contact either

– the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Ali Young, on 075320036026,

– the Parish Priest, Rev’d John Barron, on 0191 584 7657,

Concerns can also be raised with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Mrs Beth Miller – she can be contacted as follows:

Address: Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY

Email: or

Mobile: 07968 034075

For further information please also see the Diocese of Durham safeguarding pages:

Local Authority Social Services:   0191 520 5560 (children)     0191 520 5552 (vulnerable adults).

If there is any immediate Risk or Danger please contact the Police on 999.

Please find the Safeguarding Policy here: Safeguarding Policy