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 Rev Nathan Ward.

Linda Randall

Parish Safeguarding Officer

01634 362023 ext. 4

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.

Greg Barry

Lead Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

07585 952174

Anthony Glocking

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

07825 315748

Caroline Smith

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

07768 036590

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

Policy Leads

Jo Whittaker

DBS Lead Recruiter

01634 362023 ext. 1 then 1

Felicity Holton

Children & Young Person Advocate

Heather Baker

Vulnerable Adult Advocate

Owen Smith

Children & Young Person Officer


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.  
Executive Pastor & Licensed Lay Worker

Terry Whittaker

Terry was born in Forest Gate, London and is Married to Jo.  They have three children and two greyhounds and have lived in Rainham for 23 years.  He had a career in the Insurance industry in London for over 30 years finally heading up the European Operations outside of London for a global insurance company.  He then took on the operational management of the Detling Summer Celebration, founded a Pioneer Ministry in Gillingham and was licensed as a Lay Worker…
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