The Church Elders & PCC of the Copleston Church takes the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. Our Safeguarding Officers work hard to safeguard children and young people, vulnerable adults and those in abusive relationships.

The Safeguarding Officers are:

Tracy Brook

Copleston Church, Copleston Rd, Peckham, London SE15 4AN

Robert Simrick

Copleston Church, Copleston Rd, Peckham, London SE15 4AN

Either officer can be found through calling 07707 786 044


You can find more help from the following agencies and organisations:

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 ( ree phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)


The Southwark Diocese Safeguarding Team can be contacted as follows:

Diocesan and Cathedral Safeguarding AdviserKate 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

We aim to create a safe environment 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.

Copleston Church Policies

To this end, our church follows the policies and guidelines set out in the Diocesan publication A Safe Church, a copy of which can be accessed at the following link

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·         Promoting a Safer Church

The Copleston Church follows the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and Church of England policy and practice. We respond promptly to any complaints made, and work in close partnership with police and social care services where children or vulnerable adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment. We provide safe recruitment, training and support to our voluntary and paid workers with children and vulnerable adults.

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