We recognise the difficulties and fears it may pose to think of taking the step of coming forward, especially for anyone wondering if their concerns will be regarded as trivial or invalid, or for anyone who doubts they will be believed.
We realise that some would understandably prefer to speak to someone who is independent.
If you have been affected by matters related to Jonathan Fletcher and you would like to speak to someone independent about this you can contact the Thirtyone:eight helpline on 0303 003 1111. Please quote ‘2019’ to identify that your call relates to Jonathan Fletcher. Thirtyone:eight is an independent Christian charity that helps individuals, organisations, charities, faith and community groups protect vulnerable people from abuse. Information you share with the helpline will not be shared with others unless you consent to that or action needs to be taken to protect you or others.
The Church of England National Safeguarding Team's webpages are here, which include details of other agencies available on a 24-hour basis which are independent from Emmanuel Church, the Diocese of Southwark and the Church of England should you wish to report anything to them.
The Diocese of Southwark Safeguarding Adviser is Pamela Chisolm (email@example.com / 020 7939 9423), and the safeguarding page for the diocese is here.
The Safeguarding Officer at Emmanuel Church is Nick Wooldridge (tel:07534 040554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can speak to Pamela or Nick anonymously if you prefer. Any details you do give will be kept in strict confidence, subject to safeguarding reporting requirements.
Some victims may decide to speak out very openly about their experiences, and others may wish to keep their experiences very private. We will support whichever approach you take, and this does not affect your access to any support mentioned here.
We want to reassure you that our desire is to apologise, to listen, and to offer appropriate support and help to anyone, including spouses and children, who feels adversely affected in any way. A listening service is also available through Thirtyone:eight. In addition a fund has been set up to pay for confidential, independent, professional support and counselling if appropriate. This is being independently facilitated by thirtyone:eight to help ensure anonymity for all those accessing such support. For further information about this therapeutic support fund or to make an application for funding, please contact us in confidence via: email@example.com.
If you have been affected by Jonathan Fletcher, or someone you know has, please do consider being in touch.
Shepherding the Flock of God
27 June 2019