Safeguarding news & statements

Read safeguarding news and statements from the National Safeguarding Team.
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    The Church of England welcomes the final SCIE overview report


    The Church of England welcomes the final SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) overview report, published today, which details the learning from the 42 independent diocesan safeguarding audits and findings on improving responses to survivors of abuse. 

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    National Safeguarding Team statement on Bishop Bell


    STATEMENT / Statement issued by the National Safeguarding Team. 

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    Statement following IICSA preliminary hearing


    STATEMENT / Bishop Peter Hancock, lead safeguarding bishop for the Church of England said:

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    New guidance on reporting serious incidents, approved by the Charity Commission


    The Church of England has published today new House of Bishops’ guidance on reporting safeguarding and other Serious Incidents to the Charity Commission. This is the first time the Church of England has produced Charity Commission approved guidance.

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    Statement on structure of National Safeguarding Team


    Following the establishment of the National Safeguarding Team in 2015 - replacing a 0.5 national post - the Archbishops' Council has recently reviewed its structure and after consultation will be advertising for a Director of Safeguarding.

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    Letter to Child Migrants Trust


    Following the recommendations made in IICSA’s investigation report into child migration programmes, published in March 2018, the National Safeguarding Team is now in dialogue with, on behalf of the Church of England, the Child Migrants Trust, an independent charity which supports child migrants and their families nationally and internationally. We await the UK government’s response to the IICSA’s recommendations. 

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    First independent chair for National Safeguarding Panel


    NEWS / Meg Munn, former MP and Government Minister, with a professional background in child and adult safeguarding issues, has been appointed as the first independent chair of the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Panel, (NSP).

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    Response to reports of the death of John Smyth


    NEWS / Response to reports of the death of John Smyth from the Bishop of Bath and Wells, Peter Hancock, the Church of England's lead safeguarding bishop.

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    Archbishops’ Council oral closing submission for Peter Ball case study


    NEWS / A transcript of the oral closing submission from the Archbishops' Council for the Peter Ball case study as part if the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) on 27 July 2018.

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    Opening statement on behalf of the Archbishops’ Council - IICSA hearing into Peter Ball


    NEWS / Read the opening statement on behalf of the Archbishops’ Council as part of the IICSA hearing into Peter Ball.