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If you have immediate concerns about someone’s safety, please contact the police and your local authority Children’s or Adult Social Care Services.

If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm, contact the Safeguarding Helpline (9am to 5pm) on 020 7932 1224.

Out of hours advice can be sought from the Thirtyone:eight helpline on 0303 003 1111, selecting option 2. Thirtyone:eight is an independent charity which works in close partnership with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team (DST). The DST receives notification of any advice given by Thirtyone:eight.

‘Safer churches’ – a key priority for our 2030 vision
Welcoming everyone into the life of the diocese, into a community where the value and dignity of everyone is valued and respected is not only core to the Gospel and our calling, but to safeguarding. Everyone should know that they are as safe as they can be and that safeguarding is an integral part of our life and ministry.

Safeguarding and the development of safer churches is everyone’s responsibility
The care and protection of children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable, and who are involved in church and other activities within the diocese is the responsibility of the whole church and everyone who participates in the life of the church and diocese has a role to play.

House of Bishops Practice Guidance can be accessed on the Church of England webpages along with the most up to date copy of the Parish Safeguarding Handbook.

National policies, guidance and resources

You can find out more about these on the Church of England website here.

Fr Alan Griffin – Independent Review

Statement from the London College of Bishops published on 10 August 2021

Submission to Coroner published on 24 August 2021  – a response by the Diocese of London and Lambeth Palace to the Regulation 28 Report (9 July 2021) to the Church of England in relation to the death by suicide of Fr Alan Griffin on 8 November 2020.

Terms of reference published 13 September 2021.

Chris Robson was appointed as the independent reviewer. Chris worked for the Metropolitan Police Service for 30 years in a wide range of roles. Since 2017 he has been the independent chair of a number of safeguarding boards and he has undertaken various safeguarding reviews.

With regard to the review, the LDF’s privacy notice can be found here

Update 5th July 2022

The independent review regarding Fr Alan Griffin has been published by the Diocese of London. The review has been released in full, alongside the Diocese’s response. Please visit this page for more information.

Lessons Learned Review by Chris Robson, published on 5 July 2022

Diocese of London Response to the Robson Report published 5 July 2022

The Review Steering Group