Emmanuel Church Canterbury


Committed to Safeguarding

Emmanuel Church is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children within our church community, and to encouraging an environment where all people – especially those who may be vulnerable – are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.  

We are committed to the implementation of safeguarding policies and procedures, including safe recruitment for staff and volunteers. We receive advice from Thirty One Eight, which is an independent Christian safeguarding charity, and are also guided by examples of best practice from elsewhere, such as the Church of England. We follow the relevant statutory legislation and guidance for the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. For our full safeguarding policy click here.

If you have any questions about keeping people safe or are concerned that a child, young person or vulnerable adult has been or may be abused or neglected, please inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) immediately.

DSL: Luke Illsley

To contact Luke call 07538 206 343 or email

To report a concern, you can also fill in the form available here: Safeguarding Incident Report Form

If you would like to speak to someone outside of our church, please contact Thirty One Eight on 0303 003 1111 or email 

For immediate response, these are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline:

0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours)

Phone if you are worried about a child.


0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours)

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

National Domestic Violence Helpline:

0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours)