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Here at our St Barnabas family of churches (St Barnabas, Oakleigh Community Church, Church@five and Faith House), we are committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. We want our children and young people to thrive, have fun and meet with God - all in a safe environment. We adhere to the London Diocese Safeguarding Policy which is contained in ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ and further guidance can be sought from the National Church’s Safeguarding Policies and Practice Guidance. Our CSOs, clergy and parish staff refer to the National Church’s Parish Safeguarding Handbook for advice on responding to concerns.

If you have a safeguarding concern, then click below to fill out the form.


Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. This implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm. We accept and endorse the principles set out in the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ safeguarding policy and practice guidance to;

  • Promote a safer environment and culture.

  • Enable and ensure safe recruitment practice and support all those within the Church with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults.

  • Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.

  • Offer pastoral care to victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.

  • Offer pastoral care to those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.

  • Respond to those who may pose a present risk to others.

The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on 22 April 2024.


If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.


Our Safeguarding Team are the first people to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult.

St Barnabas Church contacts

Church@five contacts

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Emmanuel Korboe

Parish Safeguarding Officer  
020 8343 5770 

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Rinret Leks
Parish Safeguarding Officer  
020 8343 5770 


Andy Sachs
Vicar of St Barnabas Church

Helen Shannon
Associate Minister

Emma Hodge

Faith House Church


Anne Saffery

Safeguarding officer

Oakleigh Community Church

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Seb Cummings 

Pastor of OCC

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Jane Mwangi

Safeguarding officer


Olivia Wittich 

Safeguarding Lead


Children, youth, and vulnerable adults champions

The Champions are here to be an advocate for all children and vulnerable adults in all areas of Parish life, making sure their views are heard and their needs are thought of.

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Elliot Taylor

Youth champion


Rowena Gliddon

Children's champion

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Viv Metliss

Vulnerable adults


Lucy Jones

Children's ministry co-ordinator

  • Walking to St Barnabas
    Walking to church is great for you and great for the environment: Save money No hassle finding somewhere to park Good exercise Fresh air For short journeys it can actually be quicker It’s fun! Here are some ideas to help you enjoy your walk to St Barnabas: Plan your route using Vary your route to make it more interesting Buddy up with someone else coming from the same area Listen to some great music, or an inspiring podcast Say ‘good morning’ to your fellow walkers Enjoy the cold! Wrap up warm and beat winter Inspired to walk more? For information about great local walking groups see Barnet Health Walks Check out Living Streets - The UK charity for everyday walking
  • Travelling by bus
    There are a good range of bus services within a 10/12 minute walk of St Barnabas, and in particular along the High Road and at North Finchley bus interchange, which together have over 46 services per hour on a weekday and around 35 services per hour on a Sunday. TFL journey planner These two bus maps show all the bus routes from Woodside Park and North Finchley. Buses from Woodside Park Buses from North Finchley The closest bus stops to St Barnabas are at Finchley Park (southbound, 60m from St Barnabas; northbound 150m from St Barnabas), serving bus routes 125 and 263. North Finchley Bus Interchange is located 0.4 miles from St Barnabas (9 minute walk) and serves bus routes 134, 221 and 460. The closest bus stop for the 383 is at Woodside Park Station, 0.5 miles (12 minute walk) from St Barnabas. Free and discounted travel You may be eligible for free or discounted travel if you are over 60, a veteran, a student or apprentice, or on benefits. For more information click here.
  • Travelling by underground
    Woodside Park station is just 0.5 miles from St Barnabas – a 12 minute walk. Click here for directions. The station is on the High Barnet branch of the Northern line, between West Finchley and Totteridge and Whetstone stations, and in Travelcard Zone 4. There are 18-20 trains per hour in each direction. There is step-free access to the platform although step-free access to the northbound platform is only from the Holden Road side (and access to the southbound platform from the Woodside Park Road side) Useful links TFL journey planner Tube map Free and discounted travel You may be eligible for free or discounted travel if you are over 60, a veteran, a student or apprentice, on benefits, have an annual gold card or have a discount railcard. For more information click here.
  • Cycling to St Barnabas
    Have you considered cycling to church? We have secure cycle stands in the basement car park – please contact the office to obtain the code to access them You can pick up local cycling maps from our connect point, showing cycle routes that have been recommended by experienced cyclists. Why not join our bicycle user group to share tips, or to find a buddy coming from the same area? Contact the office for information. We also have a group (of mostly young adults) called Lighthouse Cycling who do regular cycle trips around the local area and beyond. For more information contact the office Need some training? Bikeability has links to a number of providers of cycle training within Barnet, for both kids and adults. Look at the options here. Got a puncture? We have a puncture repair kit available at church. Or if your bike needs repair, try one of these local bike repair shops! The Cycle Store, 201 Woodhouse Rd, London N12 9AY Bike & Run, 128 High Rd, East Finchley, London N2 9ED Getting into cycling? Why not join a local bicycle user group such as Barnet Cyclists Bike Week! Bike Week happens in June each year and there are lots of events around London and Hertfordshire.
  • Traveling by car
    Parking on Sundays and for other large events Please keep it green - consider walking, cycling or using public transport. Onsite parking available (first-come-first-served) via rear car park entrance on Highwood Avenue (N12 8QP) 9.30am comers, please park in the basement, and 11.30am comers, please park above (keep right after the gates). This will help avoid traffic jams between the services! If the car park is full, please park in one of the local car parks, many of which are free on Sundays. Please do not park in surrounding roads to be considerate to our neighbours. Alternatively, there are may car parks locally - see below. Woodside Park Station141 spaces - £2* - 12 min walk Lodge Lane - 232 spaces - free - 5 min walk Stanhope Road - 52 spaces - free - 7 min walk Stanhope Road - 32 spaces - free - 7 min walk Stanhope Road - 32 spaces - free - 8 min walk Castle Road - 50 spaces - free - 10 min walk Woodhouse Road - 11 spaces - free - 13 min walk * cashless payment on Sundays No-Parking zone We have agreed a no-parking zone in surrounding roads in order to be a good neighbour. Please do not park in the roads shown on the map. Parking for Mid-week meetings Parking is available at St Barnabas for a small number of cars. The entrance is on Highwood Avenue. Ask your group leader for the code to the car park (which will not work on Sundays). You can park either outside or carry on down the ramp into the basement (same code). There is an entrance into the church from the basement, with a lift to the ground and 1st floors.
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