A safe church
St Margaret's Church operates a policy of good practice in work with, children and vulnerable adults. This is in line with 'A Safe Church', the safeguarding policy of the Diocese of Southwark. View the policy here.
If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed or is at risk of harm, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 020 7939 9423 (office hours), 07982 279713 (out of hours). You can also contact Childline on 0800 1111. Don't delay!
Our Safeguarding policies and documents
Why does Safeguarding matter in a Christian community?
Jesus talked of the kingdom of God belonging to children; he gave them status, time and respect. Jesus also showed himself to be compassionately on the side of those without power, reaching across social barriers with the inclusive love of God.
A Christian approach to safeguarding children, vulnerable adults and those in abusive relationships therefore asks both individuals and communities to create a safe environment for them, to act promptly on any complaints made, to care for those who have been abused in the past, and to minister appropriately to those who have abused.