Welcome and thank you for visiting this page.

The information you will find here is relevant for any adult who is concerned about something they have experienced within a church setting, or if they are worried about another person.

If you or someone you are concerned about is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999


Our commitment to you

As a Diocese we take our responsibility to safeguard all those who enter our churches and buildings seriously.

If you need to contact us about something you have experienced in a church, now or in the past, or you are worried about another person - perhaps a vulnerable adult or a child -  please be assured that whatever you share with us will be taken seriously.

Are you worried about a child or young person?

If you are worried about a child or young person (under 18 years) but do not think that there is a risk of immediate harm, you should still speak to someone who can help as soon as possible.

  • If you are a member of a church, you can contact your parish Safeguarding Officer - you should be able to find their details on the parish website or noticeboard.
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, you can also speak to the vicar or someone else you trust at the church.
  • Alternatively, you can contact the local authority children's services. For contact details of all such services across the area of the Diocese click here
  • You can also contact a member of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. All our details can be found LINK

Another organisation that offers 24 hour support in relation to children and young people is:

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Worried about yourself or another adult? 

It may be that you have experienced something within a church context now, or in the past, that has made you uncomfortable or that you now understand is not right. 

You should speak to someone that you trust.

You can contact a member of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team here

Other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline0808 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 Helpline080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)

Other organisations that might help

You might also feel it appropriate to contact one of the following: 

The Truth Project 

Part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, The Truth Project offers victims and survivors the opportunity to share their experience in writing, on the telephone or in person 

Over 2,000 people have already come forward to the Truth Project. Find details of how to take part here



An independent Christian charity that helps individuals, organisations, charities, faith and community groups protect vulnerable people from abuse, by offering advice and guidance  

Their 24 hour helpline - which you can call anonymously, gives guidance on how to handle a Safeguarding situation and procedure and practice. Call 0303 003 11 11 **


** Please note that to help us keep our churches safe, we have an information sharing agreement in place with Thirtyone:eight. This enables them to pass information onto us only if someone identifies themselves as being from Rochester Diocese, or the information itself relates to the Diocese of Rochester.


Contact us

If you would like to speak to someone in the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, please find their contacts here

From 5pm on Friday through to 9am on Monday Thirtyone:eight (previously CCPAS) has been contracted to take safeguarding telephone enquries, that cannot wait until the Diocesan office reopens on Monday morning. Telephone number 0303 003 11 11

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