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Promoting a Safer Church

We take the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously at St Patrick's Church. 

St Patrick’s operates its activities in line with ‘A Safe Church’ which is the safeguarding manual used by the Diocese of Southwark. The Diocese of Southwark is the area of South London and Surrey that comes under the Bishop of Southwark and includes all of the church of England churches within that area (it's a bit like a county for churches). We also have our own 'Safeguarding Handbook' specific to St Patrick's Church which is distributed to all volunteers that serve at St Patrick's.  You can download a copy of this manual here: Safeguarding Handbook

In recent weeks and months, we have had to made a lot of adjustments to our activities due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.  We continue to maintain high standards of Safeguarding in line with the practices of A Safe Church.  We are following guidelines issued by the Church of England National Safeguarding Team which can be accessed here: Safeguarding and Coronavirus

At this present time, a lot of our gathering are now happening online.  It is therefore vital that we all understand good practices for keeping safe online.  Here is a helpful info-graphic that outlines some of the ways we can stay safe when meeting online: Staying Safe Online

If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm, please contact one of the following:

St Patrick’s Safeguarding Advisers 

Jane&Anne H&S

Jane St John / Joan Widdowson:

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - Pamela Chisholm
Phone: 020 7939 9423 (office hours), 07982 279713 (out of hours)

All hours (day & night) diocesan safeguarding emergency contact number: 020 3874 6743 

If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.


  • 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).