Protecting & Safeguarding Children and Adults
The Church of England is committed to the safeguarding, care
and nurture of everyone within our church community.
In all these principles we will follow legislation,
guidance and recognized good practice
The Church of England has agreed the
following statement of safeguarding principles-
● We will carefully select, support and train all those with any
responsibility within the Church, in line with Safer Recruitment
principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and
registration/membership of the relevant vetting and barring
● We will respond without delay to every complaint made, that any
adult, child or young person may have been harmed, cooperating with
the police and local authority in any investigation.
● We will seek to offer informed pastoral care and support to
anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate
ministry that recognizes the importance of understanding the needs
of those who have been abused, including their feelings of
alienation and/or isolation.
● We will seek to protect survivors of sexual abuse from the
possibility of further harm and abuse.
● We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by
anyone in a position of trust.
● We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including
supervision, and referral to the appropriate authorities, to any
member of our church community known to have offended against a
child, young person or vulnerable adult.
In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and
recognized good practice
The Church of England
National Safeguarding Team
The National Safeguarding Team assists with developing
safeguarding policy and practice at national level and with pan
dioceses casework issues.
National Safeguarding Adviser
Tel: 0207 898 1330
For casework issues-
If you have a concern about a child or an adult and you wish to
contact a Caseworker please use the details below, and
one of the national Church of England Safeguarding Team will
respond to you as soon as possible. Please note that we do
not provide an emergency service, and if your concern is about a
child or adult at risk, then please contact the police or social
services in the area in which the child or adult lives.
Safeguarding training strategy and delivery to senior staff-
Safeguarding Officer (Training)
Tel: 07583 222 451