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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

What do you think?

Our redesigned webpages contain much information that will be familiar to you as we work together to ensure that our parishes and diocese are as safe as we can be, but is now organised to make it easier for you to access the information that you require to help with this important task.

We are also working to ensure that this information is reviewed and updated as appropriate and we will be adding to this information over the coming months. Should you have any feedback you wish to share as we develop our new site, please email us.

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 has been 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:

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself having been commissioned to conduct a Learning Lessons Review regarding circumstances that preceded the tragic death of Father Alan Griffin.  I would like to reach out to individuals who feel they may have information or ideas that may assist the review.  If you feel you may be able to contribute I would ask that you read the Terms of Reference for the review, this will give some context to the work I am completing.  If you would like to contact me you can use the following email address: independent.reviewer@london.anglican.org

Many Thanks
Chris Robson
(Published 21 October 2021)

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

Update on progress of the Independent Review – 25 March 2022

Chris Robson, the Independent Reviewer, has confirmed that he is in the process of finalising a draft of his report. The process of working through all the necessary pre-publication checks, as set out in the Terms of Reference, can then take place. Due to the necessity of consulting with a number of individuals, it is not possible for Chris to give a target completion date at this time. We recognise and apologise for the uncertainty this causes, but offer our assurances that the review process is being followed fully, with appropriate rigour and attention to detail.  Further updates on progress will be provided as more information becomes available.

The Review Steering Group