A Safer Church

The Church of England is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within its community.

Safeguarding Principles 

Safeguarding Governance

Reporting abuse or raising a concern

If someone is in immediate danger or needs urgent medical attention contact the emergency services on 999. If the situation you are reporting is not an emergency please use the contact details here.

There are Safeguarding Advisers in every Church of England diocese across the country and Safeguarding Officers in every parish. If you are worried about someone and want to raise a concern or report abuse, please contact your Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. Details can be found using our Diocesan Safeguarding Teams map which links to relevant contact information in each area.  

The National Safeguarding Team manages safeguarding cases relating to senior clergy including bishops and deans.
Contact: [email protected] or use the form at the bottom of this page.

Reports of children and young people at risk of abuse and neglect should be made to the children's social care team at their local council. You can find contact details for these teams via the Government website.

Adult safeguarding concerns should be reported to their local authority adult social care team. You can find contact details for these teams via the NHS website.

Finding support

Contact details of agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

Safe Spaces: an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse

Opening hours (Safe Spaces)

  • Monday to Friday 9am – 9pm
  • Saturday 9am - 1pm
  • Sunday 1pm - 5pm


Church of England Interim Support Scheme - offering immediate help and support to survivors whose life circumstances are significantly affected by the abuse suffered, and the response to it.

Contact MACSAS, which supports women and men who have been sexually abused, as children or adults, by ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the Church. 

Survivors Voices, is a survivor-led organisation that runs peer support groups for victim-survivors of all kinds of abuse, including faith-based abuse.  It has a newsletter and other special events for survivors of abuse experienced in churches and other faith-based communities. 

Replenished Life is an independent charity that provides practical advice and support for those who have experienced abuse and trauma within faith and faith organisations providing a range of options.

Getting support from other organisations

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Cruse bereavementhttps://www.cruse.org.uk
  • CALM www.thecalmzone.net
  • Papyrushttps://www.papyrus-uk.org
  • NAPAC https://napac.org.uk0808 801 0331- for adult survivors of child abuse
  • Victim Supporthttps://www.victimsupport.org.uk
  • Shout text 85258 it is 24/7 for mental health text supporthttps://giveusashout.org
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 0808 808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)
  • National Rape Crisis Helpline: 0808 802 9999 and is open every day from 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm.
  • The Survivors Trust: 0808 801 0818 and is open Monday to Wednesday 10-7.30pm, Thursday 10-6pm and Friday 10-2pm. 
  • LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428 [email protected]

  • Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 [email protected]

  • Age UK Advice Line: 0800 678 1602

  • A fuller list of organisations offering support to survivors, including therapy and counselling resources, helplines and self-help resources, is available to download.

You can use the form below to contact the National Safeguarding Team

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