As a parish we are committed to helping everyone learn and worship in a safe environment. We have adopted the safeguarding policy and procedures of Southwark Diocese, ‘A Safe Church’. This includes these policies:
Our recruitment process for those working with children, young people, or vulnerable adults includes DBS check, references, and induction. The PCC reviews our practices on a regular basis to ensure that we comply with our Safeguarding policy.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team, led by Kate Singleton, can be contacted as follows:
Kate Singleton, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 020 7939 9423
Mobile 07982 279713 (for urgent matters out of hours) or email
Marie Daly, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, 020 7939 9441
Mobile 07946 255295 or email
Louise Vernon, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, 020 7939 9462
Mobile 07946 255622 or email
The Church of England has produced some further guidance concerning Safeguarding during this time of Covid-19 (Think Safeguarding).
Bishop Christopher is aware that this could be a very difficult time for some households and the Metropolitan Police have asked for these phone numbers to be shared of organisations that can offer support if needed.
If you need help with any safeguarding issues there are many organisations that can help.
London Borough of Merton:
Safeguarding Children - MASH Team 020 8545 4226 or 020 8545 4227 (out of hours 020 8770 5000)
Vulnerable Adults - Safeguarding Adults Team 020 8545 3967 (out of hours 0845 618 9762)
Domestic Violence - One Stop Shop 020 7801 1777
NSPCC Child Protection - 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
Child-line - 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). This helpline is for children or young adults to phone if they are worried about anything.
National Domestic Violence - 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
Samaritans - 116 123 (call free and lines open 24 hours). Phone if you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
Action on Elder Abuse - 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).