How we work and governance

Statement of safeguarding principles

We are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community.

The Church of England will:

  • Promote a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults within the Church
  • Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation 
  • Care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
  • Care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Respond to those that may pose a present risk to others

These policy commitments are based on our five foundations:

  • Gospel
  • Human rights and the law
  • Core principles
  • Good safeguarding practice
  • Learning from the past

Governance

National Safeguarding Steering Group & National Safeguarding Panel

The National Safeguarding Steering Group (NSSG) met for the first time on 12 October 2016. This group, established by the Archbishops, is a successor to the House of Bishops Safeguarding Monitoring and Reference Group. Its membership consists of a range of representatives from across the Church, to include National Church Institutions, the dioceses and Cathedrals. It is chaired by the Lead Bishop for Safeguarding, Peter Hancock and staffed by the National Safeguarding Team.

The activities of the NSSG are set out in its Terms of Reference. The membership of the NSSG includes both lay and clerical representation and are appointed by the Archbishops. Please see the terms of reference document above for a list of members.

National Safeguarding Panel

The Church of England has published the first report from its National Safeguarding Panel (NSP), set up to provide vital reference and scrutiny from a range of voices, including survivors, on the development of policy and guidance. The Panel's members also include directors and chief executives of safeguarding charities and organisations, and church leaders and officers. It was set up, following the Chichester safeguarding reports, to resource the Church of England's leadership (Archbishops' Council and House of Bishops) with good high-level strategic advice and direction on safeguarding. Its main aims are to:

  • Provide visible leadership and excellence
  • Promote good safeguarding practice
  • Support a survivor perspective

The Bishop of Bath and Wells, Peter Hancock who chairs the Panel and is the CofE's lead bishop on safeguarding, said: "The Panel provides that vital perspective for the Church to view its safeguarding work through the lens of experts and voices from a range of backgrounds and experiences. Survivor voices are critical to the Panel and I commend their commitment to support this ongoing work. I would like to thank Bishop Paul Butler, my predecessor in the role, who was instrumental in setting up the Panel and getting its important work off the ground."

Please see here for the National Safeguarding Panel's Terms of Reference and Membership.

Read the complaints handling procedure for NCI staff.

Information on the National Safeguarding Team (NST)

  • Interim Director of Safeguarding – Sir Roger Singleton
  • National Safeguarding Advisor - Graham Tilby
  • National Policy Manager & Deputy National Advisor - Heather Reid
  • Senior Casework Manager - Moira Murray
  • Communications - Rachel Harden
  • Caseworker - Elizabeth Pollard
  • National Safeguarding Training  - Andrea Watkins / Craig Hutton (Maternity Cover)
  • Provincial Safeguarding Advisor (Lambeth) - Anthony Clarke
  • Provincial Safeguarding Advisor (Bishopthorpe) - Anna Flower
  • Safeguarding Support Officer to the Lead Bishop for Safeguarding – Emily Denne
  • Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocate (IDSVA) – Gemma Marks-Good
  • IICSA Project Manager – Nathalie Ballard
  • CMS Project Manager - Martyn Burrell
  • PCR Project Manager - Deborah Johnson (secondment)
  • IICSA Administrative Officer - Barbara Chapman
  • Office Manager – Tatenda Mutsvario (temp)
  • Projects Assistant - Helen Todd
  • Administrator – Arthur Fisher (temp)
  • Safeguarding Administrator (Lambeth) – Thomas Foot
Church of England Safeguarding Overview

Download the Church of England Safeguarding Review Document

Independent Chair of the National Safeguarding Panel

In 2018 Meg Munn was appointed as the first independent chair of the Church of England's National Safeguarding Panel. 

For more information about the NSP, please see the How we work and governance section.

Read about Meg's appointment on our website.

Blog

Meg will be blogging in her independent capacity about the role and reflecting on the work.

Contact

Please fill in the form below which will be automatically sent direct to her.

Please note that the Safeguarding team will also be alerted to the initial contact in case of a disclosure of abuse or other information which needs immediate action.

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