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St John’s Church, in common with the Church of England is committed, as part of the Christian Church living in the spirit of the Gospel, to protect and care for everyone and we aim to be a beacon of best practice in safeguarding. Looking the other way is not an option. Should you have any safeguarding concerns, you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Representative Nicky Sirett on

St Johns Parish Recording Template should be used to record any safeguarding concerns and then emailed or handed to Nicky Sirett. You can read our Safeguarding Policy by clicking HERE: Safeguarding Policy23

On 23rd January 2023, a meeting of the St John’s PCC confirmed the following document:

Parish Safeguarding Policy 2023

Statement regarding the outcome of the safeguarding investigation into Mike Pilavachi

Soul Survivor made a statement on 6 September concerning the Church of England National Safeguarding Team (NST) investigation into Mike Pilavachi, the conclusion of which substantiated the safeguarding concerns which had been raised. The statement from the NST can be found here.

The report about Mike Pilavachi is deeply saddening to read. 

SJC leadership acknowledge the bravery of each person who has spoken up and how costly their courage has been, in bringing this abuse to light. We continue to pray that those who have been harmed can find the help they need.

SJC leadership is also aware of the sadness and hurt that this may be causing SJC members past and present who have participated in events led by and involving Mike Pilavachi. We want to express our concern that this news may cause distress to those who have suffered any form of abuse. 

As a church we want to support all those who have been impacted by the news of this investigation and hold them in our prayers. We also pray for God’s wisdom and guidance for the leadership of Soul Survivor at this time. Updates, statements and contact details for Soul Survivor, Watford, can be found at

If you have any immediate safeguarding concerns you can email the parish safeguarding officer at or you can contact Chelmsford Diocese Safeguarding Team. We encourage those who are struggling with difficult emotions at this time to seek out Safe Spaces to share and talk:


St John’s Church is committed to following the Church of England Safeguarding advice, which can be found HERE  and contact details for Chelmsford Diocese’s safeguarding team may be found at:

The following phone numbers are available if required:

General Safeguarding Enquiries: 01245 29 44 90

This number can be used to obtain information regarding DBS checks, Training – including e-learning, Safer Recruitment and Policy/Practice Guidance

You can also email the team with any general safeguarding enquiries:

Safeguarding Duty Line: 01245 29 44 44

If you require advice or support about a new safeguarding concern please contact the member of the Safeguarding Team providing ‘duty cover’.   This number will be answered during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, excluding Bank Holidays)
In the event that the phone cannot be answered please be prepared to leave a voicemail message including your contact details and your call will be returned within one working day.

 Please remember if you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger, or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay.

Useful websites

 BBC Webwise – Staying safe online 

CEOP’s Thinkuknow – Keeping safe online and offline – advice for children, youth and parents

Childline – Advice and support for children and young people

Net Aware – Guidance and advice on social media, games and apps

NSPCC – National charity protecting children

Parent Info – Support and guidance for parents

Anti- bullying Alliance – Guidance on how to prevent and stop bullying

The Internet Watch Foundation – Report online criminal content

UK Safer Internet Centre – Advice for parents including how to set up parental controls with your internet provider

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