'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), 020 3874 6743 (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.
If you have been affected by matters related to Jonathan Fletcher and you would like to speak to someone about this, please contact our Safeguarding Team via the details below or Thirtyone:eight on 0303 003 1111 (quoting '2019'). Thirtyone:eight is an independent Christian charity that helps individuals, organisations, charities, faith and community groups protect vulnerable people from abuse.
Bishop Christopher has committed the Diocese of Southwark to taking to heart and acting upon the very necessary lessons to be learned from the IICSA report published on Tuesday 6 October. In order to ensure that the Diocese does all that it can to create a safe church and learn from those who have been wronged he has created a small review group to consider the recommendations of the Report and how best to take the work forward in the Diocese.
Bishop Christopher commends the Executive Summary of the Report which can be found at: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/publications/investigation/anglican-church/executive-summary
The Church of England, working with the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Church in Wales, has launched a free and independent national helpline run by Victim Support for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with the church. Find out more information about the service at https://www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk/
For further information and to discuss any safeguarding concerns please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on: 020 7939 9423 M: 07982 279713 Out of hours number: 020 3874 6743,
The full IICSA Report can be found at: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/document/anglican-church-safeguarding-church-england-and-church-wales-investigation-report
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team
Hugh Constant, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
E-mail Hugh Constant
020 7939 9423
Marie Daly, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
E-mail Marie Daly
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
Other useful contacts
- 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 (freephone Monday to Friday 9- 5pm).
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