Support for victims and survivors

Reporting abuse can be very difficult, if you have either been abused or are being abused now, there is help and support available.

If you have been affected by abuse, however long ago, or if you are concerned that someone else is experiencing or has experienced abuse in a church setting, we want to help.

The following Responding Well guide aims to explain what support you can expect from the Church. Download the guide or click the image below.

On this page, you will also find:

Who to contact in the Diocese
Raising a complaint or concern about our safeguarding practice
Signposts to external organisations that can offer support
Links to victim/survivor-led websites


Who to contact in the Diocese

The Rochester Diocesan Safeguarding Team is committed to supporting victims and survivors of abuse. Please contact us so that we can help you. 

We are very grateful to all those with lived experiences of abuse who engage with us in order that we can improve our support to victims and survivors. If there is something you think we can be doing better or something missing from this page that you think would be helpful, please contact a member of the team.


Raising a complaint or concern about our safeguarding practice

As a Safeguarding Team, we endeavour to provide the highest level of professional service and support as possible.

However, if you are concerned about any safeguarding practice or service you have seen or received either from the team, a church, or another part of the Diocesan support structure, please do contact us.

If you do not feel comfortable raising it with the team directly, you can approach the Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel, Dr Liza Thompson on

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel is a group of external safeguarding professionals, along with senior clergy and officers from the Diocese and the Cathedral, who provide quality assurance and challenge in regards to safeguarding.

In this short video, Dr Liza Thompson, the Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel, explains more about how victims and survivors can help us shape and improve our response. (Captions available)


Signposts to external organisations that can offer support

We have compiled a downloadable list of national and local organisations and services that can be approached for support. We highlight some of the key ones below:

Safe Spaces

Safe Space - A free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, the Catholic Church of England and Wales or the Church in Wales. 

MACSAS - Minister & Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors

Provides support to both women and men who have been sexually abused, as children or adults, by ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the Church.

Rape Crisis

A national organisation offering support and counselling for those affected by rape and sexual abuse.

NAPAC - National Association for People Abused in Childhood

Provides support to adults who have been abused in any way as children. 


Child Protection Helpline - phone if you are worried about a child.


Phone if you are a child or young person, and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline

Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

The Survivors Trust

A national umbrella agency for 130 specialist organisations in the UK that offer support to people who have experienced sexual violence, sexual assault or sexual abuse. It has a free, confidential helpline.

Hourglass (elder abuse)

Hourglass believe in safer ageing and stopping abuse for the elderly.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust (stalking)

Support for victims of stalking and advice on lone working.


Links to victim/survivor-led websites

Here are details of some websites and blogs which have been established by victims and survivors of abuse.

  • House of Survivors - This is an information-based site for Survivors of Church of England-based abuse and Safeguarding employees within the Church of England. Please be aware that a disclaimer on this site warns that it contains some distressing content.  Please exercise self-care.  Should you need support, please visit one of the services listed on the website or use the Quick Exit button available on the site itself.
  • Survivors Voices - Survivors Voices is a survivor-led organisation that harnesses the expertise of people affected by abuse in order to transform society’s response to trauma and abuse. They state that they are ‘experts by experience’, survivors of all types of abuse, experienced as a child or as an adult, 'turning our pain into the power to create something good.' 
  • Surviving Church - A blog aiming to offer support to those who have been through negative church experiences of various kinds. Edited by Stephen Parsons, it seeks to offer commentary, insight, as well as challenge, to church leaders for their past and present failures in protecting the abused.




Key Contacts

Greg Barry

Lead Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
07585 952174

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Caroline Smith

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
07768 036590

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Anthony Glockling

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
07825 315748

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Alison Jones

Safeguarding Administrator

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Ruth Campbell

Safeguarding Trainer
07585 101624

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