church@five and Families Church are part of the St Barnabas team of churches. We are committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. We want our children and young people to thrive, have fun and meet with God – all in a safe environment. We adhere to the London Diocese Safeguarding Policy which is contained in ‘Promoting a Safer Diocese’ (2018) and further guidance can be sought from the National Church’s Safeguarding Policies and Practice Guidance. Our CSOs, clergy and parish staff refer to the National Church’s Parish Safeguarding Handbook for advice on responding to concerns.


Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. This implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm. We accept and endorse the principles set out in the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ safeguarding policy and practice guidance to;

  • Promote a safer environment and culture.
  • Enable and ensure safe recruitment practice and support all those within the Church with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
  • Offer pastoral care to victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Offer pastoral care to those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Respond to those who may pose a present risk to others.

The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on 9 May 2022.

Your church@five and Families Church contacts

Helen Helen Shannon
 Associate Minister
 07866 507609

Emma Hodge. Emma Hodge
 07787 563952

Your St Barnabas Church contacts

Rinret Leks Rinret Leks
 Parish Safeguarding Officer

For any concerns or questions, please contact the Safeguarding Officers.



London Diocesan Safeguarding Team: 020 7932 1224

  • Thirtyone:eight: 0303 003 1111
  • Parentline: 0808 800 2222
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141
  • NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
  • Childline: 0800 1111
  • Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900
  • NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Mental Health Trust Crisis: 0800 151 0023 

In an emergency/Out of Hours, please call:
thirtyoneeight (formerly CCPAS – The Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service)
24-hour Helpline on 0303 003 1111

Domestic Abuse