St Mary's take the safeguarding of both children and vulnerable adults very seriously. Everyone working with children or vulnerable adults has been through a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check at enhanced level and attends training.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officers are Lily Jeffrey and Caroline Fletcher and they can be contacted at

Below we have provided information and links to our safeguarding policies, information about where to get help and the Diocese of Southwark's contact details and policies:

St Mary's Safeguarding Policies
Our main policies are provided below. We have additional policies for our different activities, please contact the Parish Safeguarding Officers for more information.

Safeguarding Policy - Children
Safeguarding Policy - Vulnerable Adults

Helpline information

  • 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 (freephone Monday to Friday 9- 5pm).
Diocesan Safeguarding

St Mary's adheres to the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy, 'A Safe Church', which can be found here:
The Diocesan Safeguarding contacts are:

  • Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 
Pamela Chisholm:, 020 7939 9423, Mobile 07982 279713

Out of Hours: 020 3874 6743
  • 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

Thirtyone:eight is an independent safeguarding organisation. Their website is: and their helpline is 0303 003 1111.