Safeguarding

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We take seriously our responsibility to care for and protect children, young people and vulnerable adults who visit St Augustine's with St Luke's and who participate in our activities.

Everyone involved in church life at St Augustine's with St Luke's has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.


As a Church we follow the safeguarding policy known as Promoting a Safer Church, drawn up by the House of Bishops of the Church of England.  This policy and related documents can be found on the Rochester Diocesan website.  The National Safeguarding Team have also published an interactive guide to safeguarding, which provides a useful overview of safeguarding in the Church of England.  For further details please see their website here.

‚ÄčIf you have any worries or concerns about yourself or another person who may be being harmed or is at risk of harm, we will do our best to help you.  If you have any concerns that an individual working or volunteering at St Augustine's with St Luke's may be acting inappropriately or harming another, then please report this to our Safeguarding Officer or another appropriate authority (see details below).

If a child, young person or adult is in immediate need of protection the police should be called (dial 999).

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is 
Mrs Helen Scothern (07909 824099)
The National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children operates two 24-hour helplines:

  • For children and young people 0800 1111 (Childline)
  • For adults concerned about a child 0808 800 5000

National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247

The Diocese of Rochester’s Bullying and Harrassment policy can be viewed here.