St Matthew's aims to be a Safe Church.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officers are:
Joanna Goddard 07971 663467 email here
Angie Holdsworth 07742 352858 email here
Fleur Howlett 07872 179515 email here
We are committed to promoting and supporting safe environments which: -
For children and young people
- are youth-friendly and child-friendly and nurture their positive development
- enable children and young people to be active contributors to the church community
- protect children and young people from actual or potential harm
For adults who may be vulnerable
- ensure that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse
- encourage adults who may be vulnerable to lead as independent a life as possible, to choose how to lead their life, and to be active
- contributors to the church community
- protect adults who may be vulnerable from actual or potential harm
For those suffering domestic abuse
- recognise equality amongst people and within relationships
- refuse to condone any form of abuse
- protect those vulnerable to domestic abuse from actual or potential harm
- enable and encourage concerns to be raised and appropriate action taken
A Christian approach to safeguarding children, vulnerable adults and those in abusive relationships therefore asks both individuals and communities to create a safe environment for them, to act promptly on any complaints made, to care for those who have been abused in the past, and to minister appropriately to those who have abused. As part of this, St Matthew's Church has adopted the proposals contained within the book - 'A Safe Church' a copy of which can be found in church.
The following contacts are also available in The Southwark Diocese.
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Pamela Chisholm email@example.com 020 7939 9423 Mobile 07982 279713 (for urgent matters out of hours)
Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Louise Vernon
firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7939 9462 Mobile 07946 255622
You can also get help with safeguarding issues from the following external organisations
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).