St Paul’s Thamesmead 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.

The Church Council of St Paul’s adopted ‘A Safe Church’ on 12 February 2010 and last reviewed its safeguarding policies, procedures and practice on 13 January 2022. The safeguarding policy can be found in the file attachment below

A copy of "A Safe Church" is available for download from The Diocese of Southwark’s website

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.

We take the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously at St Paul's.

The Parish Safeguarding Officers for this church are: Josephine Falayi (children & young people) who can be contacted on 07950 550597; and Winnel Radcliffe (vulnerable adults), who can be contacted on 07961 178883.

The Churchwardens for St Paul's are Olumide Ajayi, who can be contacted on 07956 378689, and Sarah Habeeb who can be contacted on 07904 674994

The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Pamela Chisolm, can be contacted on 020 7939 9423 (office hours) 07982 279713 (out of hours) or at [email protected] The Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Officers are Marie Daly 020 7939 9441 (mobile 07946 255295)  and Louise Vernon 020 7939 9462 (mobile 07946 255622).

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)

Domestic Violence and Abuse Helpline 020 8317 8273

Emergency Housing Concerns 020 8921 2853 (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).

Metro GAD (Support for Disabled People) 020 8305 2221

Deafhope (Support for deaf women and their children) 07970 350366

Galop (LBGQT+ Support) 020 7704 2040 

If you are unhappy about how a safeguarding matter has been handled, more information about how to make a complaint is available at: re policy and against DSA 230916.docx

Updated 13 January 2022

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