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Safeguarding news and releases

Read safeguarding news and views from the National Safeguarding Team.
  1. Candles

    Domestic abuse must not be a taboo subject, as reports to churches increase


    The Church of England is supporting the international campaign for 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence, as newly released figures show that there has been a 37% increase in reports of domestic abuse to diocesan safeguarding advisers over the past three years (2019-2021).

    4 min read
  2. Safe spaces logo

    New provider for Safe Spaces Support Service


    Support for victims and survivors of church-related abuse to continue long term with new independent provider First Light 

    3 min read
  3. Independant Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

    IICSA statement from National Safeguarding Director


    IICSA statement from national safeguarding director

    2 min read
  4. A picture of IICSA's logo on the wall
    3 min read
  5. Safeguarding Sunday

    Safeguarding Sunday prayer video


    Safeguarding Sunday prayer video launched

    1 min read
  6. Praying hands

    Further work on Seal of Confessional


    New working group will bring together theologians, Church leaders and safeguarding professionals.


    9 min read
  7. The Church of England logo.

    Past Cases Review 2: Publication of NSTs Executive Summary


    Past Cases Review 2: Publication of National Safeguarding Team’s Executive Summary

    3 min read
  8. A pencil on top of an open notebook on a table.

    September National Safeguarding Steering Group update


    Update from September National Safeguarding Steering Group

    3 min read
  9. Safe Spaces

    Churches to continue support for abuse victims following successful two-year pilot


    The Church of England and Catholic Church in England and Wales will be continuing to provide support for victims of church-based abuse, following a successful two-year pilot of the Safe Spaces service.

    3 min read
  10. A picture of IICSA's logo on the wall

    Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) to publish final report on October 20


    Comment from Bishop of Rochester Jonathan Gibbs, the Church of England’s lead bishop for safeguarding.

    1 min read