St.Mary the Virgin, Lewisham Lewisham High Street  SE13 6LE


Children & Young people

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

Are children and youth-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.

Enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.

We consider that:

Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by in all our activities.

Valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people

Fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards for working with children and young people, in co-operation with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith Communities

When concerns are raised, following Diocesan procedures in:

Responding without delay to every concern raised that a child or young person may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm; or about the behaviour of an adult or child.

Working with the diocese and appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into child abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community.

Challenging any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust in our care.

Ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse.

Ongoing work:

St Mary's safeguarding working group is committed to reviewing our policy and procedures

annually. We will meet quarterly to review and discuss issues, changes to the processes,

policies and procedures that are in place. Identify what is working and how to we improve

what is not working.

A Safe Church

‘A Safe Church’ is a manual containing the Diocesan policies, procedures and guidelines for safeguarding children, safeguarding adults who may be vulnerable, and responding to domestic abuse. Significant amendments have been made in 2018 in line with a number of new and revised policies from the House of Bishops and the National Safeguarding Team and to reflect changes in wider safeguarding procedure and legislation.

The contents of ‘A Safe Church’ can be downloaded here in sections. The manual is designed to be used as a tool as and when necessary: some sections will be of more relevance to some people than to others; and you may need to find specific sections in a hurry, depending on your particular concern. We recommend that you download ‘How to & Contents’ in order to assist you in deciding which sections you need.

The Church of England Policy on Safeguarding can be downloaded here.

St.Mary the Virgin Lewisham

346 Lewisham High Street

SE13 6LE   020 8690 2682

Registered Charity

Number 1182343