Safeguarding at St Margaret's


Nov 2020

St Margaret of Antioch – Safeguarding Statement.

At St Margaret’s Barming we take the care of all God’s people seriously, as such we are committed to implementing the House of Bishops’ safeguarding policies and good practice guidance*

A formal statement to adopt the House of Bishops’ “Promoting a Safer Church; safeguarding policy statement” was agreed by the Parochial Church Council and recorded in the minutes of the meeting on 25th November 2020.

Our Safeguarding Officer is Mrs Leah Gardner and her deputy is Mrs Sue Shardlow.

We have a safeguarding team, who meet a minimum of three times a year, to review all safe guarding matters.

We follow the guidance from the Diocese of Rochester, and national church. 

Following the guidance all people working with children, young people or vulnerable adults are safely recruited, and undergo appropriate training and DBS checking.

Safeguarding information is displayed at all our church venues.


Our safeguarding contacts are:-

Leah Gardner - Safe Guarding Representative - 01622 678 433


Sue Shardlow - Deputy Safe Guarding Representative- 07837523226


Justina MacWilliam - DBS Officer - 01622 720 389


Greg Barry - Lead Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser  - 01634 560 000 

National Helplines:-

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Childline: 0800 1111

Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900

NAPAC: 0808 801 0331

Samaritans: 116 123

Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Action On Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141

(01622) 726263

Church Lane, Barming, ME16 9HA

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