'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.
Improving our response to survivors of abuse and those at risk of harm
The Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team has commissioned the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) to help improve how the Church treats people who have been abused or are at risk of harm. It is seeking the views of people with first-hand experience to find out what a good response from the Church should look like. The results of this survey will complement learning from independent audits by SCIE of safeguarding arrangements in all 42 dioceses across England. The survey deadline has now been extended and all responses that are received before 8th August 2018 will be analysed to form a report to be published in October 2018.
That report will draw together learning from a) the programme of independent audits of diocesan safeguarding arrangements, and b) the survivors’ survey and a review of literature of C of E abuse survivors’ views. Importantly, it will also present learning gained from bringing together these two sources of evidence. It is therefore an important opportunity to maximise the impact of people’s contributions, and inform improvement work the Church takes forward.
The survey will also remain open after August 2018. We are aware that some people may need help, support and time to respond. If you would like support in completing the survey, please be in touch with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team via the contact details shown. All contributions submitted will be read by SCIE and will help to understand what Church responses should look like across different stages of engagement with victims and survivors, and others who alert the Church to risks, from the perspective of people with first-hand experience, their families and friends.
SCIE will incorporate all new material into the eventual summary. They intend to continue with the survey for the rest of this year and anticipate the overall assessment of responses received by that date will be made in January 2019.
More information about the survey is available to download from www.southwark.anglican.org/downloads/safeguarding/improving_church_responses_to_survivors_SCIE.pdf.
Please click here to take part in SCIE’s independent, confidential survey https://www.scie.org.uk/opportunities/callsforevidence/cofe-survivors.asp
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
Carol Rimmer, Safeguarding Training Administrator
E-mail Carol Rimmer
020 7939 9478
Uzma Osinibi, Safeguarding Administrator
E-mail Uzma Osinibi
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 9476
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