Formal Safeguarding Statement

Here at St John's church we take our safeguarding responsibilities seriously and we are committed to ensuring that our church is a safe place for all.

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which can be found here on the Church of England’s website and on the Rochester Diocese website.

A formal statement to adopt the House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy statement ‘Promoting a Safer Church’, the procedures and guidance of the Church of England’s Parish Safeguarding Handbook, Safer Environment and Activities was agreed and signed by the Parochial Church Council and Churchwardens. The statement is displayed on the safeguarding noticeboard in the church centre.

Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns

Name: Mrs Naomi Vallely
Role: Parish Safeguarding Coordinator 
Tel: 07554 038373

Name: Miss Sophie Matthews
Role: Deputy Parish Safeguarding Coordinator
Tel: 07921853493

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers:

The Safeguarding Team is still largely working from home, so please email them for non urgent matters and they will respond as quickly as possible. If urgent advice is required, please call them on their mobile numbers:
Case work, advice  - Greg Barry Lead Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Lead for Tonbridge Archdeaconry):  07585952174 
Case work, advice  - Anthony Glockling Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Lead for Rochester Archdeaconry): 07825 315748
Case work, advice survivor and victim focus, DBS and Parish Dashboards  - Caroline Smith Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Lead for Bromley and Bexley Archdeaconry):07768 036590 
Safeguarding Trainer - Sophie Allen:
Administration matters regarding DBS and training - Alison Jones:

Thirtyone:eight (CCPAS) provide an out of hours service from 17.00hrs on Fridays until 08.00hrs on Mondays. 

Please call them on 0303 003 1111. If a matter requires an immediate response please call 999

Local Authority Social Services:

Kent County Council (KCC) Central Referral: 

  Adult: Office hours 03000 41 61 61, outside office hours 03000 41 91 91                                         

  Children: Office hours 03000 41 11 11, outside office hours 03000 41 91 91


I am a victim/survivor

Reporting abuse can be very difficult, if you have either been abused or are being abused now, there is help and support available.  

A support page can be found on the Diocese of Rochester website here.

Contact us

For more information, please do get in touch with the Church office on 01892 540897