Safeguarding Concerns

If you have a safeguarding concern

  • During our office hours (Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm) please make contact via the church office on 020 7222 3704 saying you wish to report a safeguarding concern.
  • Outside of our office hours, advice can be sought from the CCPAS helpline on 0845 120 4550. This is a 24-hour helpline, but please note that outside of normal business hours it is for urgent advice only.
  • Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is The Revd Tim Ditchfield. He can be contacted via

  • The Diocese of London’s Safeguarding Adviser’s number is 020 7932 1124.
  • In situations of immediate risk contact the police on 999. 

Sources of Information

Childline is the main contact for children 

0800 1111

Domestic Abuse 

0808 200 0247 

01823 334 244

Family Lives

0808 800 222

Action on Elder Abuse 

080 8808 8141

Our Safeguarding Policy

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.

At St Mary le Strand we are committed to ensuring that our church is a safe place for everyone. We take the safeguarding and care of children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously. We are committed to maintaining the House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy, Promoting a Safer Church.

  • We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.  
  • We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.
  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
  • We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.
  • We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
  • We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them appropriate pastoral support.
  • We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

The PCC of St Mary le Strand adopted the above policy on July 2nd 2019.

The Parish Policy Statement and Procedures on Safeguarding are published with the diocesan policy statement on the church notice board. Copies can be obtained from the church office via