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Safeguarding - Church of England National Policy & Practice Guidance

Please find below the links to the current national safeguarding policy and practice guidance. Please note that some are subject to review.

On the Church of England website you will find a section on Safeguarding which when you click will take you to specific information pages


You can click on the link to take you directly to the latest national policy and practice guidance page

The Church of England has agreed the following:

Policy Statements:


NB The Church of England National Safeguarding Team has now combined the children and young people's policies and the vulnerable adults policies as a single safeguarding policy.  Practice Guidance to help implement this policy is due for approval in spring/summer 2017 and will be distributed then.

Practice Guidance:

Joint Practice Guidance with The Methodist Church:

Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure

The Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 (‘the Measure’) received the Royal Assent in March 2016. Amending Canon No. 34 (‘the Amending Canon’) was enacted by the General Synod in February 2016. The provisions of the Measure and the Amending Canon have a significant impact in relation to safeguarding and have been brought into force in stages. The purpose of the note is to provide an update on that process.