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The Salvation Army is committed to preventing, identifying and responding to the abuse of children and adults.

We believe that every human being, created and valued by God should be given respect, dignity and neighbourly love. Consequently, we are committed to the safeguarding of every adult, child and young person participating in our programmes.

Safeguarding issues in a church community are not something that can be neatly parcelled up in policies and procedures, they are about people and relationships, individuals relating together. The framework for creating a Godly community is founded on what we know about God and ourselves from scripture and is built from the elements of leadership and ownership that we are both given and can create.

Furthermore and in line with our policies:

We aim to provide a safe environment which promotes emotional well-being and where protection from abuse is of vital importance.

We want to empower children, young people and adults to ‘have a voice’, to have access to information and to support them in their decisions.  

We offer informed pastoral care to those affected by abuse in a Salvation Army context.

We believe that safeguarding is EVERYBODY’S responsibility. If you have any concerns relating to past or present incidents of abuse by a person connected to The Salvation Army or within a Salvation Army programme we would request that you make this known to the police. Contact can also be made with The Salvation Army Safeguarding Department at or 020 7367 4767​.

If you would like additional information or advice you can also contact one of the following organisations that can provide expert knowledge and support.

Other safeguarding organisations can be found online:


Action on Elder Abuse    

0808 808 8141 

Age UK

0800 169 2081

The Silver Line    

0800 470 8090 

Children and Young People


(National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)    

0808 800 5000 


0800 11 11