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Church Of The Cross takes the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. Our commitment is effected in a coordinated and supported manner and involves Church Safeguarding Officers, the Church Council, the Churchwardens, the Incumbent and the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Concerns about children, young people and adults at risk will be diligently and promptly responded to according to our procedures, recognising the sensitivity it may hold for those involved.
Church Of The Cross’ Church Council use ‘A Safe Church’ and last reviewed its safeguarding policies, procedures and practice in January 2019. These can be found via the following link: http://thamesmeadchurches.org/safeguarding/
A copy of “A Safe Church” is available for download from The Diocese of Southwark’s website: http://southwark.anglican.org/safeguarding/diocesan-policies-and-procedures
If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm, please see below details of who you should contact.
– Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Chi Chi Uba (07813 965 548)
– Our Church Wardens are: Joy Ekhator (07949 047 583) and Lara Sholu (07956 905 409)
– The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor is Pamela Chisholm, who can be contacted on 020 7939 9423 (office hours) 07982 279713 (out of hours) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– The Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Officers are Marie Daly: 020 7939 9441 (mobile 07946 255295) and Louise Vernon: 020 7939 9462 (mobile 07946 255622).
Contact the team
If you have immediate concerns about someone, please contact the police on 999 (in case of emergency) and/or your local authority Children or Adult Services.
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Children’s Services: 020 8921 3172 (Office hours) 020 8854 8888 (Out of office hours)
Adult Services: 020 8921 2304 (Office hours) 020 8854 8888 (Out of office hours)
London Borough of Bexley
Children’s Services: 020 3045 5440 (Office hours) 020 8303 7171 (Out of office hours)
Adult Services: 020 8303 7777 (Office hours) 020 8303 7777 (Out of office hours)
Other useful numbers
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
Childline: 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 your 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: 020 88-8 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 pm).