We take the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously at St Matthew’s

Our Safeguarding Officer is Karen Skinner. She can be contacted on 07981 577864, or via

Our Churchwardens are Mary-Jane Taylor and William Varlow, and they can be contacted via

Every person who works with children or vulnerable adults at St Matthew’s has to be DBS checked. In addition, those who hire our facilities have to abide by the Diocesan safeguarding policy.

St Matthew’s has adopted the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy which you can find here.

To contact a member of the Diocesan safeguarding team:

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Kate Singleton  020 7939 9423 Mobile 07982 279713 (for urgent matters out of hours)

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers: Marie Daly and Louise Vernon

Marie Daly  020 7939 9441 Mobile 07946 255295

Louise Vernon  020 7939 9462 Mobile 07946 255622


Other sources of information, advice and help:

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free 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 (lines free 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: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).