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.  Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefor to protect them from harm.

  • We accept and endorse the principles of ‘Safeguarding in the Diocese of London’.
  • We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and adults at risk.
  • 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, young people or adults at risk, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Services.
  • We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child, young person or adult at risk 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 adult at risk.

The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on 20 May 2019.

We have appointed Chris Askwith and Caryn Weber as our Church Safeguarding Officers, and Janice Pratt (children), David Sandford (youth) and Chris Hughes (adults at risk) as our champions.

Copies of ‘Safeguarding in the Diocese of London’ and any related parish guidelines and procedures are held by Caryn Weber (Pastoral Co-ordinator), at the church Offices, 30 Crown Road, TW1 3EE.

The PCC shall review this policy annually.  The next review will take place on 18 May 2020.

Safeguarding Policy Guidance

At St Stephen’s we are committed to the safeguarding of the children, young people and adults at risk.  We aim to create an environment which is safe for all to experience and encounter Christ.  We are supported by Diocese of London and follow their guidelines. The safe recruiting process is followed for all volunteers who work with children, young adults and adults.  This may require an application to the Disclosure and Barring service or an interview and references being taken up, prior to a volunteer joining the relevant teams. Concerns about children, young people and adults at risk will be responded to according to our procedures, by either our Church Safeguarding Officers, Clergy Team and may liaise with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.

You can download the St Stephen’s Safeguarding Policy Guidance here>>.

For more information on Safeguarding please contact our Safeguarding Co-Ordinator, Caryn Weber, on 020 8843 7047 or carynweber@st-stephens.org.uk.