A number of survivors and safeguarding professionals from the National Safeguarding Team, dioceses and parishes have worked together to develop a series of videos which summarise the content of the Responding Well to Victims and Survivors of Abuse guidance.
The videos aim to:
- make the content of the guidance more accessible to victims and survivors;
- provide information on how to report abuse and what support options are available within the Church of England;
- provide advice to members of the Church on survivor-centred responses to disclosures of abuse.
Four videos have been produced. The first video provides an Introduction for all. The second video is designed for victims and survivors of abuse and provides information on how to report abuse within the Church of England.
The third video is addressed to all members of the Church who may witness abuse or receive disclosures of abuse, providing advice on how to respond well. The final video provides information to victims and survivors of church-related abuse about the support options available to them.
The Bishop of Stepney, Joanne Grenfell, who is Lead Bishop for Safeguarding, said: “This video series is an important resource for safeguarding in the Church. It is part of our efforts to make safeguarding more accessible and ensure that the right information reaches the right people when they need it.
“The videos provide guidance for victims and survivors of abuse - in particular, for those victims and survivors who have suffered abuse as a result of their relationship with the Church of England and are in need of support.
"I strongly encourage victims and survivors to watch the videos, as they contain information that they may find helpful, including regarding support options. The videos also include guidance for all members of the Church on receiving and responding to disclosures of abuse.
“I also wish to extend my sincere gratitude to those survivors and safeguarding professionals who worked together to produce this valuable resource.”
The videos are available in the Safeguarding E-Manual, on the Church of England website.