Useful Contacts: This section provides information on who to contact if you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of a child, young person or adult at risk.

If your concern is regarding something that takes place/took place within a facility e.g. a leisure centre, you should inform the facility in the first instance so that they can follow their own child protection policies and procedures. Many of the facilities in Tyne & Wear follow The Derwent Initiative's Leisure Watch procedures.

If you need to make an allegation or disclosure of abuse, or have serious concerns about the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, you should immediately contact the police or the relevant children’s services department (see below): 

Gateshead Council
Office Hours: 0191 433 2653
Out of Office Hours: 0191 477 0844

Newcastle City Council
Office Hours: 0191 277 2500
Out of Office Hours: 0191 278 7878 (ask for Emergency Duty Team) 

North Tyneside Council
Office Hours: 0345 200 0109
Out of Office Hours: 0191 200 6800

South Tyneside Council
Office Hours: 0191 424 5010
Out of Office Hours: 0191 456 2093

Sunderland City Council
Office Hours: 0191 561 7007 (Together for Children)
Out of Office Hours: 0191 520 5552

If you have a concern that is not serious and does not require immediate action, your first point of contact would be the relevant club's/organisation's child protection officer/welfare officer. Alternatively, you may wish to speak to the activity organiser, relevant children's services department or one of the contacts listed below for advice and support. 

Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (free 24 hour service) 

NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
Tel: 0116 366 5626

Tel: 0800 1111 (free 24 hour service) 

National Governing Body Lead Safeguarding Officers: please visit the CPSU Website and click on the 'contact your national governing body' tab on the left hand side to find the contact details of the relevant officer.

Tyne & Wear Sport Lead Safeguarding Officer (David Marrin)
Tel: 0191 497 2324

Tyne & Wear Sport Deputy Safeguarding Officer (Claire Lee)
Tel: 0191 497 2326

If you have a concern related to poor practice, please speak to the relevant activity organiser.