We take the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously at Emmanuel Church.

We comply with the Church of England and Diocese of Southwark‘s policies regarding safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

“A Safe Church” guidance from the diocese, can be found here.

“Parish Safeguarding Handbook” from The Church Of England is available here.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer (and Deputies) are listed at the bottom of this page with their contact details.

Information about helplines, local authority services and Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers can be found here.

All children and adults who may be vulnerable (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

  • Are youth-friendly and child-friendly and nurture their positive development
  • Enable all people to be active contributors to the church community
  • Protect all people from actual or potential harm
  • Enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistent
  • Ensuring the Data Protection Act is followed at all times with respect to all activities

We take measures to ensure parents/carers photographs and video footage is kept for personal use only, with clearly communicated restrictions on social media sharing.

If you have a safeguarding concern or query, please contact Linda Penn, our Parish Safeguarding Officer, in confidence, by email on Alternatively, you may also contact, in confidence, our Vicar Rev John Adams by email on or our Associate Vicar Jon Featherstone on

If you need urgent help please click here for alternative contacts.