We take the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously.
We are committed to protecting, nurturing and safeguarding all members of our church, and especially children, young people and adults when they take part in our Services, groups and other activities. We operate according to ‘A Safe Church’, which outlines the Diocese of Southwark’s policies, procedures and guidelines for safeguarding.
We will respond promptly and thoroughly to concerns about children, young people and adults at risk according to our procedures, recognising the need for confidentiality and the potential sensitivity of situations. We will do this in a structured way that involves our Parish Safeguarding Officers, appropriate Church Officers and the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.
Our church policies can be viewed here:
Responding to domestic abuse
Recording a safeguarding cause for concern
Taking and publishing of photographs and videos
If you see or hear something that you feel is, or has the potential to be, a safeguarding concern, you can report it via our Cause for Concern form. Copies are also available from our Church Office.
You will find a copy of 'A Safe Church' on the Diocese of Southwark's website. A copy is also available in our Church Office.
The Parish Safeguarding Officers for our church are Michelle Rutter and Graham Bamping. You can contact them via e-mail or via our Church Office on 020 8404 1112.
You can also contact our Churchwardens, Penny Cox and James Thornton, by the same routes.
You can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Moira Murray, on 020 7939 9423 or 07982 279713 (for urgent matters out of hours), or via e-mail.
You can contact Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Marie Daly, on 020 7939 9441 or 07946 255295 (for urgent matters out of hours), or via e-mail.
You can contact Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Louise Vernon, on 020 7939 9462 or 07946 255622 (for urgent matters out of hours), or via e-mail.
For any urgent safeguarding matters that are out of hours please call 020 3874 6743 and one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team will answer.
Local Authority Social Services can be contacted on 020 8891 7971.
You can get help with child and adult safeguarding issues in the following ways:
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child
Childline: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse
Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 0900-1700).