The NSPCC has established a dedicated Child Protection Helpline number for the Diocese of London to provide advice and support to anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child across the worshipping communities. If you are worried about a child or young person, the behaviour of an adult in relation to children or want to report a concern, you can ring 0800 731 9256 to get confidential advice, guidance and support from the NSPCC.
The NSPCC can also help to take action on the caller’s behalf if the concern is about a child who is being abused or is at risk of abuse.
NSPCC Senior Consultant, Gill Camina said:
“For many people, raising concerns or asking for advice can be difficult and provokes a great deal of anxiety. The helpline is operated by safeguarding professionals who are experienced in dealing with all kinds of queries and issues concerning the protection of children. Our main interest in providing this helpline is to support anybody across the worshipping communities of the Diocese (parishioners, the clergy, children’s advocates and those with key roles and responsibilities related to youth and children’s work) to keep children and young people safe in and outside of the church.”
This dedicated helpline number is to be used when the Diocese of London’s office is closed or when you want to speak to someone outside the Diocese to seek support and advice. During normal business hours, the safeguarding leads in the Diocese, Sheryl Kent (Safeguarding and CRB Administrator) and The Ven Dr William Jacob, Archdeacon of Charing Cross continue to be available to respond to your questions on safeguarding matters. Both are supported by the NSPCC’s team of consultants who are currently working with the Diocese.
Sheryl Kent (general safeguarding queries)
Tel: 020 7932 1224; Email: sheryl.kent (Email: sheryl.kent [at] london.anglican.org)
The Ven Dr William Jacob (safeguarding matters relating to the clergy)
Tel: 020 7323 1992; Email: archdeacon.charingcross (Email: archdeacon.charingcross [at] london.anglican.org)