St. Barnabas, Downham works to The Church of England Promoting a Safer Church document - "The Church of England's Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults".
All that we do is governed by the care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities and is the responsibility of the whole Church.
At a Diocesan level, we adhere to the Diocese of Southwark's A Safe Church Policy which can be accessed via the Diocese of Southwark's website: https://southwark.anglican.org/safeguarding/diocesan-policies-and-procedures
We take the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously at St Barnabas. Our Parish Safeguarding Officer can be contacted on :-
London Borough of Lewisham Children and Adult Services
Tel: 020 8314 3396
Tel: 0208 314 7777
Diocesan Safeguarding Team
Out of Hours contact number:
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Hugh Constant
Tel : 020 7939 9423
Mobile: 07982 279713
Tel: 020 7939 9441
Tel: 020 7939 9462
Helplines/websites for further support
NSPCC - www.nspcc.org.uk 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 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 - 0808 808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)
NAPAC - 0808 801 0331
Stop it Now - 0808 1000 900 www.stopitnow.org.uk
Cruse - bereavement helpline - 0808 808 1677
www.scie.org.uk (Social Care Institute for Excellence)
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