SCIE Safeguarding Audit 2016

In June 2016 an audit on safeguarding arrangements within the diocese was carried out by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, SCIE, which is a charity and leading improvement support agency specialising in safeguarding. Their findings can be downloaded from the link below.

The audit was part of a project commissioned by the Church of England's House of Bishops to review current safeguarding practice across the C of E and involved examination of safeguarding leadership arrangements; local policies and practice guidance; the quality of casework; recruitment and training. Progress was measured in relation to reaching nationally agreed standards informed by central House of Bishops’ approved policies.

The Archbishop of York said: “These audits are part of our commitment to making the Church a safer place for all, embedding a holistic culture of transparency and ensuring all dioceses have the best possible practice in place. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Social Care Institute for Excellence representatives who worked with our Diocese to produce this report, and those who met with them as part of the process.

"I am pleased that the audit report recognises our ongoing commitment to the best possible safeguarding practices. There has been a significant investment of time and resources on the part of parishes as well as in diocesan support over the last few years and it is good to receive acknowledgement that has progress has been made in embedding good practice.

"Safeguarding is a moral and legal responsibility and it is vital to us that people of all ages in our parishes and schools are protected; as well as being made aware of their rights as individuals and of ways to seek help and support.

"As a diocesan family we will continue to seek ways in which we can improve our safeguarding practices and the audit contains several key recommendations for further improvements which we have noted and will act upon. The Diocesan Synod has already approved the adoption of the House of Bishops policies as well as an increase in the resources available to parishes for both training and case work. Led by Professor Sue Proctor, an Independent Chair, the Strategic Safeguarding Group for the Diocese of York will oversee the action plan that has been drawn up in the light of the recommendations made by SCIE.