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 schemes.

● 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

Graham Tilby
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-

Jill Sandham
Safeguarding Officer (Training)  
Tel: 07583 222 451