Safeguarding People

Safeguarding in the Parish

We take the safeguarding, care and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults very seriously at St Philip’s.

The Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) is Mr Desmond Duffus – appointed by, and reporting to the PCC.
St Philip’s works to the Diocesan guidelines as set out in “A Safe Church” (updated January 2020) – available for reference in the Church or from the Diocesan website

Our Parish Safeguarding Team can be contacted on: 

Our Church Wardens can be contacted on:


Our safeguarding policies were updated to adopt policies in “A Safe Church” by the PCC on 16th March 2023

Parish Safeguarding Policy 2023

Policy for Responding to Domestic Abuse 2023

Complaints Procedure 2023 and Grievances Procedure 2023

Helpline Information

  • 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 95pm).

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers contact details

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser:

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers:

For safeguarding concerns out of hours please call 020 3874 6743

Current edition of A Safe Church

We share a vision of a Church that is Christ-centred and outward looking. We seek to be more confident in speaking and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, more compassionate in serving communities with the love of God the Father and more creative in reaching new people and places in the power of the Spirit.