Safeguarding & Privacy
Keeping our church community safe
At St John’s Church Beckenham we are committed to the safeguarding of everyone in our church community and this involves especially the care and protection of all our children, young people and vulnerable adults. We recognise that this is the responsibility of ALL involved in the life of our church.
It is overseen here by:
Parish Safeguarding Officer
020 8466 6760
Rev'd David Jones
020 8650 6110
Rev’d Scott Smith
020 8776 1251
Please contact either Jenny David or Scott if you wish to talk over a general safeguarding matter, or if you have a specific concern about the safety of a child or adult who you suspect is being or has been harmed, might be at risk of harm, or might present a risk to others. They can talk in confidence, but will need to refer all serious concerns to the London Borough of Bromley Children’s or Adults’ Social Care Services (or to the police in an emergency where there is immediate risk or danger) and also to the Rochester Diocesan Safeguarding Team and follow the advice given.
Further information on safeguarding can be found in Church of England’s ‘Promoting a Safer Church Safeguarding Policy Statement for Children, Young People and Adults’ which we have adopted. A copy can be found in the church office or online at rochester.anglican.org/content/pages/documents/1517914927.pdf
We are doing all we can to promote a safer environment and culture within our church, including:
*raising awareness of safeguarding
*safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults
*responding promptly and appropriately to every safeguarding concern that is raised
Prevention of Bullying and Harassment Statement
The PCC have agreed to adopt the Diocese of Rochester’s Policy regarding Prevention of Bullying and Harassment. In the event of any incident or alleged incident of bullying or harassment at St John’s being brought to the PCC’s attention, the PCC will follow the procedures contained therein.
Full details of the Diocesan policy can be found on the Diocese website:
or may be obtained from the Church office.
Should there be a matter connected with this subject that needs drawing to the attention of the PCC, please in the first instance bring the matter to the attention of the Incumbent, the Associate Vicar or one of the Churchwardens by contacting the Church Office, who will then ensure one of them contacts you if they are not immediately available.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in the UK from 25 May 2018. It replaces the existing law on data protection (the Data Protection Act 1998) and gives individuals more rights and protection regarding how their personal data is used by all organisations including parishes and other church groups and organisations. Parochial Church Councils must comply with its requirements, just like any other charity or organisation.
Here are the General Privacy Notices which give detailed information for Role Holders and Non-Role Holders.