The introduction of the National Register of Clergy, an important development in strengthening safeguarding in our Church, is now live. The National Register is one of the recommendations in the 2017 Gibb Report into the case of the late Peter Ball, setting out necessary steps to ensure safeguarding in the Church is of the highest possible standard. The changes relate to Recommendation 11 (b):
The Church should introduce arrangements for a national register of clergy with PTO.
What does this mean for you?
The register includes the following information:
- Your title and name
- How you are engaged with the Church of England e.g. Associate Vicar - St Mary & St Anne Moseley
- The Diocese, Area or Benefice to which you are licensed
This information is publicly available on the Church of England website. People are able to search the register to verify whether someone has PTO or licence to hold office.
All those with a licence from their Bishop or Archbishop are included by law, following the passing of the final piece of legislation by General Synod in November 2020. At the time of launch in May, the National Register includes those who are ordained, with plans to expand to include lay ministry in due course. The National Register does not include contact information.
What are we asking you to do?
If you have not completed the form below, please do so at your earliest convenience. This will ensure that the information the National Church Institutions (NCIs) and your Diocese hold on you is correct.
Why are we asking for contact information?
The National Register is supported by a new People System that will manage payroll and hold people data for stipendiary clergy, other ministers, and NCI staff.
We are asking you for your contact information so that we can connect the information that appears in the National Register (see the list above) to you. In addition, providing an email address means that you will have access to the People System to view pay information, update your personal information etc. An email about that will be sent to the address you provide in the form below.
The information that the public will see in the National Register is being confirmed by the Diocese in which you are licensed or hold PTO. The National Register will not include contact information.
If you have not received your letter, and you think you should have, we ask that you email us so we can give you your Person Unique Number.
Yes. The Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 2020, which states that personal data regarding public ministry must be given to the Archbishops’ Council for the purpose of providing a National Register of Ministry, received Royal Assent in March 2020. The relevant regulation covering the information that will be published was passed at Synod in November 2020.
This means all those who have a license from their Bishop or Archbishop will be published on the National Register by law.
Please contact your local diocesan office in the first instance. They should be able to help with details about when you were ordained, for example.
This information is held in a new People System managed by the National Church Institutions (NCIs) of the Church of England. This system will also act as the system for payments of Clergy stipends (for those who are currently paid through the NCI clergy payroll).
Both the People System and the National Register are the result of an 18-month programme of work that has been carried out by the NCIs and representatives from each of the 42 dioceses.
No, the Register will only include your title and name, how you are engaged with the Church of England (current post/licence) and the Diocese, Area or Benefice to which you are licensed. It will not include contact, biographical or historical information.
Where clergy have given their consent, Crockford’s Clerical Directory will continue to publish a broader range of information including contact details and records of previous ministry about the clergy of the Church of England, the Church in Wales, the Church of Ireland and the Scottish Episcopal Church, to online subscribers and purchasers of the printed book.
You can view/update your own Crockford entry without charge and control your data permissions online via the My Clergy Page area of the Crockford website.
No. The provision of local diocesan directories or online contact management systems covering clergy and office holders will continue as before.