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Safeguarding in the Parish of Merton Priory

As a parish we are committed to helping everyone learn and worship in a safe environment. We have adopted the safeguarding policy and procedures of Southwark Diocese, 'A Safe Church'.

This includes these policies:

  • Policy for safeguarding children
  • Policy for safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • Policy for responding to domestic abuse

  • Our recruitment process for those working with children, young people, or vulnerable adults includes DBS check, references, and induction. The Parish Church Council (PCC) reviews our practices on a regular basis to ensure that we comply with our Safeguarding policy.

    Our Parish Safeguarding Officers can be contacted at safeguarding@christchurchsw19.org.uk (Christ Church, Colliers Wood), safeguarding@stjohnsw19.org.uk (St John the Divine, Merton) and safeguarding@ht-sw.org.uk (Holy Trinity, South Wimbledon).

    Our Churchwardens can be contacted at churchwardens@christchurchsw19.org.uk (Christ Church, Colliers Wood), churchwardens@stjohnsw19.org.uk (St John the Divine, Merton) and churchwardens@ht-sw.org.uk (Holy Trinity, South Wimbledon).

    Help with child and adult safeguarding issues can be obtained from the following:
  • 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&ndash5 p.m.).

  • The Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be contacted at the following:
  • Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Hugh Constant (020 7939 9423, mobile 07982 279713; out-of-hours duty line 020 3874 6743)
  • Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Marie Daly (020 7939 9441, mobile 07946 255295) and Louise Vernon (020 7939 9462, mobile 07946 255622)