Safeguarding

We take the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously at St Matthew's at the Elephant.


Contact details of the PSOs and churchwardens:

Information about where to get help with child and adult safeguarding issues:

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline:
    Tel: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours).
    Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line:
    Tel: 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:
    Tel: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours).
    Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline:
    Tel: 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:
    Tel: 080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).

Diocesan Safeguarding Team contact numbers:

  • Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Kate Singleton
    Email: kate.singleton@southwark.anglican.org
    Tel: 020 7939 9423
    Mobile: 07982 279713 (for urgent matters out of hours)
  • Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Marie Daly
    Email: marie.daly@southwark.anglican.org
    Tel: 020 7939 9441
    Mobile: 07946 255295
  • Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Louise Vernon
    Email: louise.vernon@southwark.anglican.org
    Tel: 020 7939 9462
    Mobile: 07946 255622

The latest edition of ‘A Safe Church’ can be found below:

https://southwark.anglican.org/safeguarding/diocesan-policies-and-procedures