Promoting a Safer Church
The parish of St Swithun’s takes the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable
adults very seriously.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officers (PSOs) can be contacted on:
Olivia Daley 07956618629 firstname.lastname@example.org and Patricia Francis 07766811853
Our Churchwarden, Diane Keen, can be contacted on: 07805619142 email@example.com
You can receive help and information with child and adult safeguarding issues from:
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-
Diocesan Safeguarding Team contact numbers
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser,
Pamela Chisholm, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
020 7939 9423
Marie Daly, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
020 7939 9441
Louise Vernon, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
0207 939 9462
Link to current edition of A Safe Church:
The Church of England are very aware that the lockdown period can be a difficult one for some households and the Metropolitan Police have asked us to share these numbers which we are pleased to do. The message from them, as from the attached document from the National Safeguarding team is that we should all be vigilant in our care for others at this time.
The 24/7 National Domestic Abuse helpline, which offers support to victims and people affected by domestic abuse, is free to call on 0808 2000 247.
The Respect Phoneline provides confidential advice and support to help perpetrators stop being violent and abusive, and is free to call 0808 8024040
Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and those supporting them www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Karma Nirvana: 0800 5999 247 Mon to Fri 9am–5pm supporting victims of honour based abuse and forced marriage www.karmanirvana.org.uk
Hour Glass: 0808 808 8141 challenging the abuse of older people in all its forms www.wearehourglass.org
Galop LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428 www.galop.org.uk
Childline: 0800 1111 If you’re a child or young person and domestic abuse is happening in your home or relationship.
For more information about support services that are available, go to https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/
In addition, the National Safeguarding Teams Guidance on Domestic Abuse can be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19