The Methodist Church, along with the whole Christian community, believes each person has a value and dignity which comes directly from God’s creation of humanity in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things, this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm. Darlington and Newcastle Methodist Districts work together, especially over safeguarding matters. We are committed to the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults and that the needs of children or of people when they are vulnerable is paramount.