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New Southwark Diocesan Safeguarding and Child Protection Adviser

30 May 2007

Diocesan Communications Officer

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The Diocese of Southwark has appointed Jill Sandham to be the Safeguarding and Child Protection Adviser. Ms Sandham, who is a qualified social worker, has been working since 2004 as the Operations Director of Welcare a Christian Charity, based mostly within Southwark Diocese, which works with children and families in need to achieve a better quality of life. Prior to taking up this post Ms Sandham was the Southwark Diocesan Community Development Adviser, a post which she took having been the Diocese of Southwark's first Child Protection Co-ordinator. In this role she was instrumental in helping shape and implement the Diocese's first Child Protection Policy.

This new full time post builds on and enlarges the work undertaken by Claire Turney who has been part time Child Protection Adviser to the Diocese. Ms Sandham, 55, is married to Hugh Dawes, a priest in Southwark Diocese, and takes up her new role at the end of August. Speaking about her appointment she said 'I am delighted to be appointed to this full time post which shows the importance that the Diocese places on making sure that we and all those within our parishes work together to ensure that our church communities are safe places for all who belong to them.'

The Rt Rev. Dr Tom Butler, the Bishop of Southwark said, 'I am delighted that Jill Sandham will be working within the Diocese in this important new role. In making this a full time post we are showing how seriously we take safeguarding children and vulnerable adults within our churches. Jill Sandham brings with her vast experience in this field and within the Diocese itself and I look forward to working with her.'