The Church is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of its ministry and mission, promoting a safer culture and the welfare of every child, young person and adult. As such, the Church has robust policies, procedures and guidelines in place, to ensure good practice throughout the central organisation, its 42 dioceses and other Church bodies.
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
Learn more about the governance of safeguarding in the Church of England.
Reporting a concern and finding support
Interim Support Scheme
Reviews and reports
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)
Learning and development
Resources and campaigns
E-Manual, policy & practice guidance
Latest safeguarding news
Contact the safeguarding team
- The National Safeguarding Team manages safeguarding cases relating to senior clergy including bishops and deans. Contact: [email protected].
- There are Safeguarding Advisers in every Church of England diocese across the country and Safeguarding Officers in every parish. Use Diocesan Safeguarding Teams map to contact your local safeguarding team.