Safeguarding Governance

Each of the Church of England's 42 dioceses has a professionally qualifed safeguarding adviser/team - they are the first point of contact for any concerns or queries in their area - see the national map which links to relevant contacts. 

The National Safeguarding Team, NST, manages complex safeguarding cases (involving a number of dioceses) and those relating to senior clergy including bishops and deans. The NST is also responsible for leading on House of Bishops policy and practice guidance, and developing safeguarding training. 

Below is Information on national structures and roles supporting safeguarding and providing scrutiny

Lead safeguarding bishops

National Safeguarding Steering Group (NSSG) 

This group, established by the Archbishops, is a successor to the House of Bishops' Safeguarding Monitoring and Reference Group. Its membership consists of a range of representatives from across the Church, including the National Church Institutions, dioceses and cathedrals. It is chaired by the Lead Bishop for Safeguarding, Jonathan Gibbs, and staffed by the National Safeguarding Team.

The activities of the NSSG are set out in its Terms of Reference. Members of the NSSG are appointed by the Archbishops and include both lay and clerical representatives. Please see the terms of reference document above for a list of members.

The Independent Safeguarding Board, ISB, was set up in 2021, following a decision by the Archbishops' Council and House of Bishops in 2020 to support the development of an independent structure to deliver professional supervision and quality assurance across its safeguarding activities. The 2020 IICSA Report gave new momentum to this decision. 

The National Safeguarding Panel (NSP) was set up in 2018 to resource the Church of England's leadership (Archbishops' Council and House of Bishops) with good high-level strategic advice and direction on safeguarding, and provide vital reference and scrutiny from a range of voices, including survivors, on the development of policy and guidance. The panel is chaired by Meg Munn and its members also include directors and chief executives of safeguarding charities and organisations, and church leaders and officers. 
Terms of Reference and Membership

The National Safeguarding Team (NST)

  • Interim National Director of Safeguarding - Zena Marshall
  • Deputy Director, Development - David Worlock
  • Deputy Director, Strategy and Casework - Ian Bowles
  • Deputy Director, Partnerships - Nathalie Ballard
  • Deputy Director, Communications - Rachel Harden

Contact the NST[email protected] 

Read the complaints handling policy and procedure for the NCIs and associated privacy notice.