If you are concerned that a child or adult attending St John’s Church has been harmed or may be at risk of harm, please contact our safeguarding lead Maria McBean on 07492 754 790 /

If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police or your Local Authority Children, Adolescents or Adults Services.

At St John’s we take the safeguarding of adults and children very seriously, and are fully committed to safeguarding all who attend our Church. We adhere to the Diocese of Southwark Safe Church Document, which includes relevant policies such as safeguarding, health & safety, complaints and recruitement procedures. We also follow our bespoke policy for safeguarding children, policy for safeguarding adults who may be vulnerable and health and safety policy to ensure our Church needs and duties are met.

Safeguarding Lead at St John’s Church: Maria McBean

We have a safeguarding lead for our parish; Maria McBean, who is the initial contact for any safeguarding concerns or queries. She also ensures those who work with vulnerable adults or children have up-to-date DBS checks, and is familiar with our safeguarding policies and protocols.

Tel: 07492 754 790


If you are unable to get through, please contact the Parish Office ( 0207 733 0585) and leave a message for Maria McBean.

Diocese of Southwark

The Diocese of Southwark, and the people in its parish churches, work hard to safeguard children and young people, adults and those in abusive relationships. We aim to create safe environments, where children and young people are nurtured and protected; and where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.

We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and adults, and Church of England policy and practice.

We act promptly on any complaints made, and work in close partnership with police and social care services where children or adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment.

We safely recruit, train and support our voluntary and paid workers who work with children and vulnerable adults.

We care for those who have been abused in the past, and minister appropriately to those who have abused.

The Diocese employs a full time Safeguarding Adviser and Assistant Safeguarding Advisers. Our current Diocese Safeguarding Adviser is Kate Singleton (020 7939 9423), and Assistant Safeguarding Advisers Steve Short (020 7939 9441) and Louise Vernon (020 7939 9462

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