Children and Vulnerable Adults
If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed or is at risk of harm, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 020 7939 9423 (office hours), 07982 279713 (out of hours). Don't delay!
The Diocese of Southwark, and the people in its parish churches, work hard to safeguard children and young people, vulnerable adults and those in abusive relationships. We aim to create safe environments, where children and young people are nurtured and protected; and where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.
We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and Church of England policy and practice.
We act promptly on any complaints made, and work in close partnership with police and social care services where children or vulnerable adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment.
We provide safe recruitment, training and support to our voluntary and paid workers with children and vulnerable adults.
We care for those who have been abused in the past, and minister appropriately to those who have abused.
The Diocese employs a full time Safeguarding Adviser and an assistant Safeguarding Adviser: please contact them for all enquiries relating to safeguarding.
Who to contact
Your first point of contact for all issues relating to safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
The current post holder is:
Diocese of Southwark
4 Chapel Court
London SE1 1HW
Tel: 020 7939 9423 (office hours)
Mob: 07982 279713 (mobile for out of hours, or if unavailable on landline)
This is a full time post based at the Diocesan office. The role includes:
- responding to parishes where there are concerns about situations regarding children or vulnerable adults, or when allegations of abuse have been made
- taking the key role when allegations are made or concerns expressed about church officers
- advising parishes on safeguarding policy and practice.
The Assistant Safeguarding Adviser is Steve Short, who can also be contacted on the above numbers.
Kate works closely with Uzma Osinibi, the Diocesan Disclosure Administrator. For enquiries relating to the Disclosure & Barring Service, please contact Uzma, who is full time and available in normal office hours:
Tel: 020 7939 9402.