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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:
    • Safeguarding Policy Promoting a Safer Church
    • 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)