In the Diocese of York, Clergy and Parish Safeguarding Representatives (PSRs) are being asked to check their records for all known incidents of concern about the behaviour of church officers within their parishes (both non-recent and current).

Incumbents and priests-in-charge in the Diocese of York were sent a letter from the Archbishop and the Submission form on 9th January 2020: these may additionally be downloaded below:

The same information has been sent to churchwardens of parishes in vacancy and parishes where the incumbent is currently unavailable (e.g. on sabbatical). A copy has also been sent to all Parish Safeguarding Representatives.

Two other documents may be of help:

In his letter, Archbishop Sentamu says:

"Incumbents, with the support of their Parish Safeguarding Representatives, are asked to check that all known instances within their parishes both historically and currently have been notified to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, and any which have not are reported immediately."

Parishes are asked by the Archbishop to respond by the end of February 2020.

  • If you need to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church-related abuse,
    please contact the Diocese of York’s Safeguarding team on 01904 699524.
  • You can also make a free call to a dedicated independent helpline for adults and children
    offered by the NSPCC on 0800 80 20 20.
  • Go to Safeguarding home page