The Parish of the Church of the Good Shepherd takes the safeguarding and care of children (those under 18) and vulnerable adults (those who aged 18 or over whose ability to protect themselves from violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation is significantly impaired through physical or mental disability or illness, old age, emotional fragility or distress, or otherwise) very seriously.

Note: Most situations are not emergencies but if a child or vulnerable adult needs immediate medical help, call emergency services on 999 and ensure that those who respond are informed of any protection concerns.
If it would be dangerous for the child or vulnerable adult to return home, he or she does not want to return home and you are sufficiently concerned for their safety, contact the London Borough of Sutton 24 hour Emergency Children and Adults Services on 020 8770 5000 or the Police.
If you observe a child or vulnerable adult being harmed or at risk of harm by someone other than a family member, you should inform the parents or carers immediately and work with them on appropriate referral to Police or Social Care.

Contact details of the Parish Safeguarding Officers and Church Wardens:

Safeguarding Officer: Cheryl Thompson – phone: 07824 772685 or email

Where to get help with child and vulnerable adult safeguarding issues:

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

Diocesan Safeguarding Team contact numbers:

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser:
• Kate Singleton: 020 7939 9423 Mobile 07982 279713 (for urgent matters out of hours)

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Marie Daly and Louise Vernon:
• Marie Daly: 020 7939 9441 Mobile 07946 255295
• Louise Vernon: 020 7939 9462 Mobile 07946 255622

Please click on this link for the latest edition of  ‘A Safe Church’ on Diocesan Policies & Procedures – The Diocese of Southwark.

And on these links for:

• COGS Safeguarding Policy

• COGS Policy for Responding to Domestic Abuse

• Recruitment of ex-Offenders Policy Statement

COGS Lone Working Policy v1

COGS Safeguarding Video Conferencing with Young People Policy

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