Domestic Abuse and COVID-19
Domestic abuse may affect anyone at any time, but the isolation resulting from COVID-19 is particularly affecting victims/survivors of domestic abuse. The national church has recently issued some material highlighting the issue and signposting to support. You can access this here. If you are in trouble or suspect that someone is, please call one of the numbers given.
On 21st March 2019, Chevening St Botolph's Parochial Church Council adopted the House of Bishops Policy Statement 2017 'Promoting a Safer Church'. The full policy statement can be found here.
Anyone with any safeguarding concerns should in the first instance contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Donna Hill
An important notice from the Diocese of Rochester
We are committed to making our church a safe space for all.
Churches across the Diocese of Rochester are currently undertaking a comprehensive safeguarding review to establish that all known past cases of concern relating to church abuse have been considered and dealt with appropriately.
If you are concerned 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 - there are people you can talk to and you will be taken seriously.
Anyone who needs to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocese of Rochester's Safeguarding team on: 01634 560000 or visit:
Recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated telephone helpline, operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, is available.
Calls can be made free on 0800 80 20 20.