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Safeguarding at Christ Church Shooters Hill
We take the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously at Christ Church Shooters Hill. Our Parish Safeguarding Officers, Patrice Eriata and Katherine Ofori-Mikala, can be contacted on
The following organisations will provide help with child and adult safeguarding issues:
  • NSPCC Child Protecion 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).
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers:
  • Safeguarding referrals / general enquiries: / Telephone: 0207 939 9441 (Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm)

  • Safeguarding training enquiries: / Telephone: 0207 939 9476

  • Admin and DBS enquiries: / 020 7939 9478

  • For urgent out of hours advice: (Mon to Fri, after 5pm / weekends and bank holidays) please contact 020 3874 6743.

  • Emergencies: If you suspect you or someone is at risk of immediate harm, phone 999.

  • If you are worried that a child, young person, or adult is at risk of being harmed, abused or neglected, contact social services within your local authority area. You can find your local council via the following link:

  • Support Services: A wide range of local support can be accessed by inputting a postcode into the following resource.

  • Hub of Hope: UK’s leading support database, provided by a national mental health charity and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS services together in one place for the first time, accessed via the following link:

Pamela Chisholm,  Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

John Stafford,  Deputy Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Christina Hope,  Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Louise Vernon,  Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Shola Smith,  Safeguarding Administrator

Zoe Skilton,  Safeguarding Training Administrator

The current edition of A Safe Church is can be found here, and the Parish's safeguarding policies are displayed below.


Safeguarding Policy Promoting a Safer Church


The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 14TH May 2019


In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy, our church is committed to:

  • promoting a safer environment andculture

  • safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within thechurch

  • responding promptly to every safeguarding concern orallegation

  • caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affectedpersons

  • caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affectedpersons

  • responding to those who may pose a present risk toothers.


The parish will:

  • create a safe and caring place for all

  • safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond toabuse

  • display on church premises and on the parish website the details of whom to contact with safeguarding concerns or support needs

  • listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse

  • offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred

  • care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties

  • ensure that health and safety procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually

  • review the implementation of the Safeguarding Procedures and Practice at least annually


Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.


This church appoints


Patrice Eriata & Katherine Ofori-Mikala as the Parish Safeguarding Officers.



Incumbent:  Mtr Ariadne van den Hof

0208 856 5858, 07833 446101,



Churchwarden: ..Sue Peach

 07795 630 813 or


Date: ..14th May 2019


Policy for Responding to Domestic Abuse


All forms of domestic abuse are wrong and must stop. We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

  • ensure that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse

  • protect those vulnerable to domestic abuse from actual or potential harm

  • recognise equality amongst people and within relationships

  • enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to appropriately and


We recognise that:

  • all forms of domestic abuse cause damage to the survivor and express an imbalance of power in the relationship

  • all survivors (regardless of age, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientationoridentity)have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse

  • domestic abuse can occur in all communities

  • domestic abuse may be a single incident but is usually a systematic, repeated pattern which escalates in severity and frequency

  • domestic abuse, if witnessed or overheard by a child, is a form of abuse by the perpetrator of the abusive behaviour

  • welfare of any child or adult suffering abuse.


We will endeavour to respond to domestic abuse by:

  • in all our activities—

    • valuing, listening to and respecting both survivors and alleged or known perpetrators of domestic abuse


  • in our publicity—

    • raising awareness about other agencies, support services, resources and expertise, through providing information in public and women-only areas of relevance to survivors, children and alleged or known perpetrators of domesticabuse


  • when concerns are raised—

    • ensuring that those who have experienced abuse can find safety and informed help

    • working with the appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into domestic abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community


  • in our care—

    • ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse

    • identifying and outlining the appropriate relationship of those with pastoral care responsibilities with both survivors and alleged or known perpetrators of domestic abuse.


If you have any concerns or need to talk to anyone, please contact:


Patrice Eriata & Katherine Ofori-Mikala as the Parish Safeguarding Officers.




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