The NSP was set up 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.
Meg, who was the first independent chair, appointed in 2018 for an initial three year period, said: "I am pleased that my appointment as Independent Chair of the National Safeguarding Panel has been extended for a further two years, at a time of significant safeguarding developments within the Church of England. The Panel will continue to scrutinise safeguarding policy and procedures, to bring attention to different aspects of safeguarding and to ensure that the Church benefits from the perspectives of survivors, safeguarding experts and the experience of other churches."
The Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop, Jonathan Gibbs, said: “I am delighted that Meg will be continuing in role for another two years. Since becoming lead bishop, I have found Meg’s leadership and chairing of the National Safeguarding Panel to be a highly valued source of scrutiny and accountability for the Church. Her experience and skills, working with the Panel members and highlighting vital issues have played an important part in the development of our safeguarding work.”