The Cheam Team Ministry takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard all who are involved with and come into contact with our parish, especially children, young people, and vulnerable adults.
We follow the Diocese of Southwark Safeguarding Policy ‘A Safe Church’. This can be found here. In summary, we are committed to:
Promoting a safer environment and culture;
Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults;
Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation;
Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons;
Casting pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons;
Responding to those that may pose a present risk.
If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek the advice of one of our clergy or Safeguarding Advisers, or if necessary report the matter to the local authority social care services or the police without delay. In an emergency situation always phone 999.
Contacts available to speak to you if you have any concerns:
Reverend Dr Nicholas Peacock
020 8641 4664
Reverend Beth Lewis
Reverend Hannah Thomson
Parish Safeguarding Officer (St Dunstan’s)
Assistant Safeguarding Officer (St Oswald’s)
Assistant Safeguarding Officer (St Alban’s)
Diocesan Safeguarding Officer
020 7973 9423 (office hours)
020 3874 6743 (emergency and out of hours)
Other organisations which can provide help, support and information are as follows:
Information about where to get help with child and adult safeguarding issues in the London Borough of Sutton can be found here;
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 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 9-5pm).