The Church of England affirms the ‘Whole Church’ approach to
safeguarding. This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent
policy and practice across all Church bodies, Church Officers and that
everyone associated with the Church, who comes into contact with
children, young people and adults, has a role to play.
will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and
to practice fully and positively Christ's Ministry towards children,
young people and adults; to respond sensitively and compassionately to
their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.
Diocesan Synod has adopted Church of England policy and guidance agreed by the
House of Bishops together with the statutory guidance issued to support the
safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Church of England policy
and guidance seeks to ensure that church activities involving children, young
people and/or adults who may be vulnerable are run in a fun, safe, thoughtful
and caring way. You should also refer to it if concerned about a particular
person(s). Church policy and guidance includes requirements made of the
diocese, bishops, leaders, church organisations and parishes, and suggested
checklists and practical templates to use included in appendices.
Explore these pages for information, advice, guidance, and contact details for those who operate and monitor our Diocesan Safeguarding arrangements.
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