Safeguarding

A Safe Church

We take the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously at St Mildred’s.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officers, Jane Ward and Helen Medland can be contacted via the Parish Office on 020 8655 1434 
and our Churchwardens can also be contacted through the Parish Office on 020 8655 1434.

 

Diocese of Southwark Safeguarding Team:
Safeguarding referrals & general enquiries
safeguarding@southwark.anglican.org
0207 939 9441 (Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm)

Urgent & out of hours support:
Weekdays after 5pm, weekends and public holidays
020 3874 6743

Emergencies:
If you suspect you or someone is at risk of immediate harm, phone 999.

If you are worried that a child, young person, or adult is at risk of being harmed, abused or neglected, contact social services within your local authority area. Find your local council here

Support services:
Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading support database, bringing local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS services together in one place for the first time. A wide range of local support can be accessed by inputting your postcode online here.

Further information about where to get help with child and adult safeguarding issues can be found here:
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 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). 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 9-5pm).

St Mildred’s Church has adopted the Diocese of Southwark  Diocesan policies, procedures and guidelines for safeguarding children, safeguarding adults who may be vulnerable, and responding to domestic abuse which are published in the form of a manual.

“The policies, procedures and guidelines build on and update our robust child protection policies, and for the first time incorporate polices and guidelines relating to adults who may be vulnerable, in line with the Church of England policy ‘Promoting a Safe Church’.

They also incorporate information and practice in responding to situations of domestic abuse, in line with Church of England guidelines, ‘Responding to Domestic Abuse’

 

 

‘A Safe Church’ Manual
A Safe Church is a manual containing the Diocesan policies, procedures and guidelines for safeguarding children, safeguarding adults who may be vulnerable, and responding to domestic abuse. Significant amendments were made in 2019, in addition to the changes made in 2018, in line with a number of new and revised policies from the House of Bishops and the National Safeguarding Team and to reflect changes in wider safeguarding procedure and legislation.

The contents of A Safe Church can be downloaded here in sections. The manual is designed to be used as a tool as and when necessary: some sections will be of more relevance to some people than to others; and you may need to find specific sections in a hurry, depending on your particular concern. We recommend that you download How to & Contents in order to assist you in deciding which sections you need.

If you are unable to find the relevant information, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 020 7939 9476.

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