Safeguarding news & statements

Read safeguarding news and statements from the National Safeguarding Team.
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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.

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    Synod backs action on IICSA themes


    NEWS / General Synod today voted to endorse key priorities for action on safeguarding, focusing on themes which came out of the first set of hearings, in March, by IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) into the ‘Anglican Church’.

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    Report into handling of Past Cases Review


    NEWS / The independent report into the Church's handling of its 2007-9 Past Cases Review, PCR, has been published today

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    IICSA announces further details into the Peter Ball hearing


    NEWS / IICSA has announced today further details into the Peter Ball hearing to be held July 23-27 2018.

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    Improving our response to survivors of abuse and those at risk of harm


    The National Safeguarding Team has commissioned the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to help improve how the Church treats people who have been abused or are at risk of harm.