This parish – Croydon Minster and St George’s, Waddon – takes the safeguarding of everyone, especially the care of children, with utmost seriousness. We also are very mindful of the experience of survivors of clerical and other church abuse. We take any reports of abuse seriously; those making allegations will be heard and listened to.
On 6th October 2020 the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) published its overarching investigation report into the Church of England (and Church in Wales). The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written about this. Their letter can be found on the Church of England website at: https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/overview/news-and-views/iicsa-reportopen-letter
The PCC has adopted the Diocese of Southwark’s Safeguarding Policy ‘A Safe Church’ and reviews this regularly. This policy can be found at https://southwark.anglican.org/safeguarding/diocesan-policies-and-procedures . Risk assessments and procedures for Safeguarding are in place in each church. Safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Priest in Charge or Parish Safeguarding Officer.
Priest in Charge
Canon Andrew Bishop 020 8688 8104
Parish Safeguarding Officer – Croydon Minster
Denise Mead, assisted by Tiffany Willmer. Contact 020 8688 8104
Parish Safeguarding Officer – St George’s, Waddon
Information on Safeguarding can also be found on our Diocesan website:
- Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser:
Hugh Constant 020 7939 9423; 07982 279713.
Out-of-hours number to call for safeguarding emergencies: 020 3874 6743.
- Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers:
Marie Daly 020 7939 9441 Mobile 07946 255295
Louise Vernon 020 7939 9462 Mobile 07946 255622
For other help with child and adult safeguarding issues (key national helplines):
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: 0808 808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).