Safeguarding Children and Adults who may be vulnerable
Responding to Domestic Abuse

‘We take the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously at St Hilda’s. If you need support  please scroll further down to see the national and local helpline information we have included below.  If you need to make contact with us

Our Parish Safeguarding Officers can be contacted as follows

Lead Safeguarding Officer:  07832345934  

Our Churchwardens can be contacted as follows:   Mrs Trish Sarris 078951  Mr Tony Scott 07958 429828

Our Parish Priest  Fr Bates  0208 613 0033 (office)   0208 699 1277 ( home)

To get help with child and adult safeguarding issues:

Lewisham Borough Children and family Services   020 8314 6660 or out of hours call 020 8314 6000   Click here for Website  
Lewisham Borough Adults  Tel: 0208 314 7777;   Email:
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).

Southwark Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Kate Singleton 020 7939 9423 Mobile 07982 279713 (for urgent matters out of hours)
Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Marie Daly and Louise Vernon
Marie Daly 020 7939 9441 Mobile 07946 255295
Louise Vernon 020 7939 9462 Mobile 07946 255622

To see the policy and procedures which form and undergirds our Safeguarding at St Hilda’s  can be seen here  Southwark Diocese Safeguarding Policy. 
The form summary parish policy whcih is derived from these  can  be seen here  Parish Safeguarding Policy. 

We are committed to promoting and supporting 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

for all people
• enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently


Why does safeguarding matter in a Christian community?

Jesus talked of the kingdom of God belonging to children; he gave them status, time and respect. Jesus also showed himself to be compassionately on the side of those without power, reaching across social barriers with the inclusive love of God.

A Christian approach to safeguarding children, adults who may be vulnerable 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.


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