Safeguarding at

St James The Great 

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St James the Great, Blendon recognises the need to safeguard the children, young people and adults in our care and guard against the possibility of any form of abuse of children, young people and adults by persons who may be acting in the name of our parish. We aim to create a safe environment for the nurture and development of children, young people and adults, in order for them to feel valued and confident to ask for support and help.  We strive to ensure that our policies and procedures uphold the importance of our responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults entrusted to our care.   If you would like report concerns or discuss our policies and procedures, there are a number of people you can contact.  

In the first instance please contact either

1)  our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Andy Laker, on 0208 303 3993 (email:  


2)  our Vicar, Rev'd Ian Smith, on 0208 301 5387 (email:

You can also contact the Rochester Diocese Safeguarding Team which is led by Janice Keen  on 01634 560000 or 07787445032 (email:



Some Useful Contact Numbers:

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Childline: 0800 1111

Stop it Now: 0808 1000 900

NAPAC: 0808 801 0331

Samaritans: 116 123

Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141