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Children & Vulnerable Adults’ Champion
Policy statement on safeguarding children and adults at risk
We have adopted the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ safeguarding policy statement and the London Diocese Safeguarding Policy.
Every person has a value and dignity, which comes directly from the creation of people in God’s image. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and adults at risk.
We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church.
We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working with children or adults at risk.
We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or adult at risk may have been harmed, cooperating fully in any investigation.
We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust. We will seek to offer pastoral care to anyone who has suffered abuse.
We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or adult at risk.
Rev Chris Fishlock (Minister in Charge)
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser – Annette Gordon: 020 7932 1224
The Archdeacon of London – The Ven. Luke Miller: 020 7932 1133
Local authority contacts
Adults – City of London Social Care Services:
020 7332 1224 (Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm),
020 8356 2300 (weekdays after 5pm, weekends and bank holidays)
Thirtyone:Eight, 0303 003 11 11
NSPCC 0800 1111 (for children) or 0808 800 5000 (for adults)
Family Lives (previously Parentline), 0808 800 222
Domestic Violence Helpline (for females) 0808 2000 247
Mankind (for males) 01823 334244.