Survivor engagement

Survivor engagement is about enabling survivors and victims of any form of abuse to have a say and an active role in making the Church of England a safer place for all.

Survivors’ voice and participation 

Survivor engagement survey, 19 July - 18 September 2022

The Church is committed to engaging with victims and survivors of abuse in the development and improvement of safeguarding in the Church. They have made, and continue to make, invaluable contributions to the work of the National Safeguarding Team (NST) in many areas of policy and practice.   

Survivors’ voices and participation are invaluable in protecting others, developing services, producing policies, assuring quality, working together with church officers and leaders and other survivors to find solutions and make changes in safeguarding.

Victims and survivors are recognised for their time and commitment as individuals and volunteers in drawing on their personal experiences of abuse to support the NST’s work. The Church offers honorariums to demonstrate the value it places on people’s active role and involvement in making changes happen.

Information on the honorarium policy.

Survivor engagement framework survey

The National Safeguarding Team is committed to the development and implementation of a survivor engagement framework for the Church with victims and survivors, to support meaningful, transparent and impactful survivor engagement work. A national anonymous survey is being run between 19 July and 18 September 2022 that aims to listen to victims and survivors, including those who have not engaged with the Church previously, about how they would like to work with the Church to develop and implement a framework of principles and practices that will enable people’s participation and interaction with the Church. 

For more information and/or to take part in the survey

How to get in touch

If you would like to engage with the safeguarding work of the Church today, or find out more about survivor engagement, please contact the Survivor Engagement Team at [email protected]

For more information on how the NCIs process personal information and on your rights under data protection legislation, please read the survivor engagement privacy notice

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child or adult please see 'Reporting abuse or raising a concern'