'The Diocese of Southwark is committed to the safeguarding of children young people and adults and for many years this commitment has been at the heart of our work across the parishes. As a result we have developed polices, procedures and training at all levels of the Diocese and I commend them to you. The following pages are the latest version of our safeguarding manual ‘A Safe Church’ and these should be widely available to those in your churches.
It is my prayer that the polices and practice followed here in the Diocese of Southwark will help to contribute to making the Church a safe and welcoming place for all.'
If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 020 7939 9423 (office hours), 07982 279713 (out of hours). If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.
Audit of Diocesan Safeguarding Arrangements
In October 2016 The Diocese of Southwark’s safeguarding arrangements were independently audited, as part of the National Church’s quality assurance programme, by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). The final report was sent to the Diocese in January 2017.
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, says of the Report:
‘The Diocese of Southwark takes the safeguarding of children, young people and adults who may be at risk of harm and neglect very seriously and we welcomed the audit by SCIE. I am grateful to them for their work and I am heartened by the outcome of the audit which shows that our commitment to safeguarding has resulted in excellent policies and practice. As in all processes such as this there are some matters which need attention and we will be compiling an action plan in the coming weeks in response to the audit’s findings which will also be placed on the Diocesan website. I am grateful to all those across the Diocese, both in our parishes and within the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, for their hard work as we seek to ensure that the Diocese of Southwark is a safe and welcoming environment for all.'
Who to contact
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team, led by Kate Singleton, can be contacted as follows:
Kate Singleton, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
E-mail Kate Singleton
020 7939 9423
Steve Short, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
E-mail Steve Short
020 7939 9441
Louise Vernon, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
E-mail Louise Vernon
0207 939 9462
Christine Daly, Safeguarding Administrator
E-mail Christine Daly
020 7939 9476
For enquiries relating to the Disclosure & Barring Service, please contact Uzma Osinibi, who is full time and available in normal office hours:
020 7939 9402
E-mail Uzma Osinibi
The current Diocesan Policies and Procedures on safeguarding can be found at:
If you are unhappy about how a safeguarding matter has been handled, more information about how to make a complaint is available at:
http://www.southwark.anglican.org/downloads/resources/Complaints re policy and against DSA 230916.docx