A Safe Church

A Safe Church is a manual containing the Diocesan policies, procedures and guidelines for safeguarding children, safeguarding adults who may be vulnerable, and responding to domestic abuse. Significant amendments were made in 2019, in addition to the changes made in 2018, in line with a number of new and revised policies from the House of Bishops and the National Safeguarding Team and to reflect changes in wider safeguarding procedure and legislation.

The contents of A Safe Church can be downloaded here in sections. The manual is designed to be used as a tool as and when necessary: some sections will be of more relevance to some people than to others; and you may need to find specific sections in a hurry, depending on your particular concern. We recommend that you download How to & Contents in order to assist you in deciding which sections you need.

If you are unable to find the relevant information, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 020 7939 9476.

A Safe Church

Please note, Section 5 – Selecting Staff is now out of date so please look at the Church of England Safer Recruitment and People Management Guidance which can be found here:

Forms and templates

Please note: forms 20a and 20b are available in word format only and are to be used together.


The South London Church Fund and Southwark Diocese Board of Finance is a company limited by guarantee (No. 236594).
Registered Office: Trinity House, 4 Chapel Court, Borough High Street, London SE1 1HW. Registered Charity: (No. 249678).

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