St James's Church is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults to worship and grow in Christ safely. 

Parish Policy Statement on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

• Every person has a value and dignity, which comes directly from the creation of people in God’s image. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.

• We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.

• We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church.

• We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working with children or vulnerable adults.

• We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating fully in any investigation.

• We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.

• We will seek to offer pastoral care to anyone who has suffered abuse.

• We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

Looking afterThe PCC of this Church agrees, adopts and reviews the above policy annually. In 2017-18 there was a full Health and Safety inspection, by Precision Safety. The major risks were reviewed and systems or procedures were established to manage those risks.


St James's Safeguarding Officer: Jane Newman 020 8979 6154
St James's Children's Champion: Lou Coaker-Basdell 0208 979 2040

Local Safeguarding Children Board: 020 8891 7969 (Out of hours: 020 8744 2442)
Childline: 0800 1111
NSPCC: 0808 800 50000
Parentlineplus: 0808 800 2222