St John the Divine, Merton

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St John the Divine, Merton


Safeguarding information for St John the Divine, High Path

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 and our Churchwardens can be contacted at

    The Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be contacted at the following:
  • Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Kate Singleton (020 7939 9423, Mobile 07982 279713 (for urgent matters out of hours))
  • Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Marie Daly (020 7939 9441, Mobile 07946 255295) and Louise Vernon (020 7939 9462, Mobile 07946 255622)

  • Safeguarding Past Cases Review: Every parish has been asked to conduct a review of any historic safeguarding matters involving children or vulnerable adults. The clergy and Safeguarding Officers are undertaking this work, but if any church member has knowledge of concerns from the past about the behaviour of church leaders and officers, please let us know.

    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.).