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The parish of St. Mary the Virgin, Welling takes the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously.

parish safeguarding officers

Our Parish Safeguarding Officers can be contacted as follows:


Mrs Gill Buckenham
T: 020 8855 3480   E: 

Mrs Ruth Dykes

T: 020 8856 0400


Our Churchwardens can be contacted as follows:


Mr Andy Hirons
T: 07956 307 980   E:

Mrs Fiona Gergory 

T:                        E:



further information

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).

diocesan contacts


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

A Safe Church


'A Safe Church’ is a manual containing the Diocesan policies, procedures and guidelines for safeguarding children, safeguarding adults who may be vulnerable, and responding to domestic abuse. Significant amendments have been made in 2018 in line with a number of new and revised policies from the House of Bishops and the National Safeguarding Team and to reflect changes in wider safeguarding procedure and legislation.


The contents of ‘A Safe Church’ can be downloaded here:

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