St. John's Safeguarding Policy

Here at St John's, we are committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. We want our children and young people to thrive, have fun and meet with God - all in a safe environment. We adhere to the London Diocese Safeguarding Policy which is contained in Promoting a Safer Church’ (2017) and further guidance can be sought from the National Church’s Safeguarding Policies and Practice Guidance. Our CSOs, clergy and parish staff refer to the National Church’s Parish Safeguarding Handbook for advice on responding to concerns.


Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. This implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm. We accept and endorse the principles set out in the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ safeguarding policy and practice guidance to;
  • Promote a safer environment and culture.
  • Enable and ensure safe recruitment practice and support all those within the Church with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
  • Offer pastoral care to victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Offer pastoral care to those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Respond to those who may pose a present risk to others.

The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting in March 2019.




Our Safeguarding Officers are the first people to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult.
 Elin Warnasuriya - Parish Administrator
 Email :

Jane Airey - School Governor


The Children’s Champions are here to be an advocate for all children in all areas of Parish life, making sure their views are heard and their needs are thought of.
Sheryl Hendrickson - Junior Church volunteer

For any concerns or questions, please contact the Safeguarding Officers.

In an emergency/Out of Hours, please call:
CCPAS (The Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service)
24-hour Helpline on 0845 120 4550 or

Emergency services:999
Childline: 0800 1111  or 
Parentline: 0808 800 2222