Safeguarding news and releases

Read safeguarding news and views from the National Safeguarding Team.
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    Update from June National Safeguarding Steering Group, NSSG

    08/07/2021

    The meeting was chaired by the Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop, Jonathan Gibbs, who welcomed members and congratulated Mark Steadman (currently Archdeacon of of Stow and Lindsey  in Lincoln Diocese) on his appointment to Chief of Staff at Bishopthorpe and welcomed new NSSG member Mark Humphries, Oxford Diocesan Secretary. Mark Steadman will continue on the NSSG in his new role.

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    Support Safeguarding Sunday

    25/06/2021

    The Church of England is supporting this year’s Safeguarding Sunday, 10 October 2021.

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    Meg Munn to continue in role

    07/06/2021

    Meg Munn has been reappointed to her role as independent chair of the National Safeguarding Panel, NSP, and has agreed to continue in the role for a further two years. 

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    Statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury

    20/05/2021

    Following a recent meeting with survivors of the abuse carried out by John Smyth QC, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has made the following the statement today: 

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    Update from April’s National Safeguarding Steering Group, NSSG

    27/04/2021

    The meeting began with an announcement by the chair, the Church’s lead safeguarding bishop, Jonathan Gibbs, that the contract for Zena Marshall, as interim national safeguarding director, has been extended to April 2022.

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    Unanimous Synod support for new safeguarding code

    26/04/2021

    At its April meeting General Synod unanimously approved the draft Safeguarding (Code of Practice) Measure which strengthens and clarifies the obligation to follow safeguarding guidance. 

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    Church of England National Safeguarding Panel Annual Report 2020

    07/04/2021

    Publication of National Safeguarding Panel annual report for 2020.

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    Publication of detailed response to IICSA report

    29/03/2021

    The Church of England has today published its detailed responses to the recommendations of the IICSA report from October.

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    Statement on Fletcher and Scripture Union reviews

    25/03/2021

    A statement on the Fletcher and Scripture Union Reviews. 

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    Statements – Revd Robert Bailey reference

    16/03/2021

    Following the conviction of Robert Bailey last year and criticism of the reference supplied by the Bishop of Carlisle, James Newcome, the National Safeguarding Team, NST, carried out an investigation into the bishop’s conduct according to House of Bishops guidelines.