Safeguarding children & vulnerable adults
The Church of England is committed to the
safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our
In all these principles we will follow legislation,
guidance and recognized good practice
The Church of England has agreed the following statement of
- We will carefully select, support and train all those with any
responsibility within The Church of England, in line with Safer
Recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records
disclosures and registration/membership of the relevant vetting and
- 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 The Church of England 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.
Information on the National Safeguarding
- National Advisor - Graham Tilby
- National Policy Manager - Heather Reid
- National Casework Manager - Moira Murray
- Provincial Casework Manager (Lambeth) - Caroline Venables
- Provincial Casework Manager (Bishopthorpe) - Anna
- National Learning & Development Adviser - Lisa Clarke
- Executive Officer - Hannah Sinclair
- Communications - Rachel Harden
For all safeguarding concerns or to find support please see link
at top of page
Casework enquiries - firstname.lastname@example.org
General safeguarding enquiries - email@example.com
The NST is working to build the strong
foundations for a safer church. The current focus of
- Working with Survivor groups to develop a more responsive
- Providing advice and guidance to Dioceses and other Church
Institutions on Safeguarding.
- Working to update The Church of England's policies on
safeguarding children and vulnerable adults;
ensuring they are evidence based and informed by the
experiences of survivors and are accessible to people at all
levels in the Church.
- Developing a national safeguarding training framework for The
Church of England.
- Developing robust quality assurance processes, including
independent audits of Dioceses.
- Developing resources that support the work of Parish
and Religious Safeguarding Representatives.
- Offering practice guidance on complex cross Diocese
- Identifying and disseminating good safeguarding
practice in The Church of England.
- Liaising with other national stakeholders
- other faith and secular organisations concerned
with safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, including