We welcome all people to our church, wherever you are on your journey of faith. We encourage reflection, question and discussion to help us explore and deepen our Christian faith. We strive to reach the needs of our congregation, the local community and beyond.

Safeguarding Policy

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.

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

for children and young people

  • are youth-friendly and child-friendly and nurture their positive development
  • enable children and young people to be active contributors to the church community
  • protect children and young people from actual or potential harm

for adults who may be vulnerable

  • ensure that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse
  • encourage adults who may be vulnerable to lead as independent a life as possible, to choose how to lead their life, and to be active
  • contributors to the church community
  • protect adults who may be vulnerable from actual or potential harm

for those suffering domestic abuse

  • recognise equality amongst people and within relationships
  • refuse to condone any form of abuse
  • protect those vulnerable to domestic abuse from actual or
  • potential harm

for all people

  • enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.

More Information

The Southwark Diocesan policies, procedures and guidelines for Safeguarding People.

Contacts

Safeguarding Officers: Lynn Tilling & Richenda Tonge

email: safeguarding@smmwandsworth.org.uk