We are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community.

Reporting abuse and finding support

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.

St Margaret’s Church

If you have any concerns about safeguarding where a person is not in immediate danger then please contact our safeguarding officer Linda Randall or speak to a member of the staff team.

Linda Randall Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults & Lead Recruiter. She can be contacted on 01634 231003 or at

Diocese of Rochester

The Diocese of Rochester also have a safeguarding team. If you would like to speak to someone in the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, please find their contacts below.

Lead Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and Rochester Cathedral Safeguarding Officer
 Greg Barry
 Tel: 01634 560000 or M: 07585 952174

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
 Claire Langridge
 Tel: 01634 560000 or M 07825 315748

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Caroline Smith
Tel: 07768 036590


 Safeguarding Administrator
 Alison Jones
 Tel: 01634 560000

From 5pm on Friday through to 9am on Monday Thirtyone:eight (previously CCPAS) has been contracted to take safeguarding telephone enquiries, that cannot wait until the Diocesan office reopens on Monday morning. Telephone number 0303 003 11 11.

Finding support

We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. Therefore here 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 Helpline0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)


To view our safeguarding policies please click on the links below.

Protection and Safeguarding of Children

Protection and safeguarding of Adults


Nathan Ward

Born in 1980 in Chatham (Kent), Nathan was educated at Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, Rochester, where he studied GCSE’s and A-Levels. From here he went to Durham University where he studied for his first degree in Community and Youth Work Studies. For 13 years he worked in custodial settings for a multi national security company, becoming head of an immigration removal centre. He focused mainly on working in settings where there were young people and in 2007 was given a National Youth…
Assistant Priest

Jonathan Jennings

Revd Jonathan Jennings is the assistant priest at St Margaret’s. Born in County Durham, he spent his childhood in the north of England before serving as curate in Peterlee and Darlington. Specialist media posts followed, first for the diocese of Manchester and then at Church House in London and finally at Lambeth Palace.  From there he went to be priest in charge at St Augustine’s Gillingham before joining St Margaret’s in 2016.  
Parish Evangelist

Jodie Ward

Jodie (no relation to Nathan) was born in Gloucester and went to Chosen Hill Secondary School where she developed a passion for English Literature. Jodie moved to Sir Thomas Richard Grammar School for sixth form where she studied A Level English Literature, Philosophy and Ethics and Art. During this time Jodie led the Christian Union and was an active member of St Andrews Churchdown yourhgroup, helping organise county wide youth events and was a member of the PCC. Following sixth…
Associate Vicar

Christine Allen

Christine is married to Nigel and has three grown up children and two grandchildren. Her professional career was in Education. She taught for many years in London, Norfolk, Kent and the Medway Towns in both primary and secondary schools as well as working for a local authority in their school improvement team and as Head of their of Learning Support Service. Christine’s specialism is special educational needs. Christine has been involved in many church activities including being a Church Warden…
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