My name is Marion Strachan and I am the Safeguarding Officer for Longfield Parish.
If you would like to talk to someone about a Safeguarding issue, please contact us on the email link below and leave a message and I or an authorised colleague will contact you as soon as we can. We take safeguarding issues very seriously and want to help you.
Please contact us on:- email@example.com
If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay.
We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. Therefore, here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist, either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (Freephone and open 24 hours) – Phone if you are worried about a child
Child-line: 0800 1111 (Freephone and open 24 hours) – Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (Freephone and open 24 hours) – Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse
Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours) – Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 0808 808 8141 – Freephone – (Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm)
Social Services Contacts for Children: Office hours 0300 041 1111 – Out of Office hours 0300 041 9191
Social Services Contacts for Adults: Office hours 0300 041 6161 – Out of Office hours 0300 041 9191
Janice Keen, Bishop’s Adviser for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults – Office hours 01634 560000 – Out of Office hours 0303 003 1111
We are committed to making our church a safe place for all.
Churches across the Diocese of Rochester are currently undertaking a comprehensive safeguarding review to establish that all known cases of concern relating to church abuse have been considered and dealt with appropriately.
If you are concerned about something you have experienced in a church, now or in the past, or you are worried about another person – perhaps a vulnerable adult or a child – there are people you can talk to and you will be taken seriously.
Anyone who needs to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocese of Rochester’s Safeguarding Team on: 01634 560000 or visit www.rochester.anglican.org/safeguarding/.
Recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated telephone helpline, operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, is available. Calls can be made free on 0800 80 20 20.