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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:
- Promoting a Safer Church (2017) - the Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and vulnerable adults
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.
- Responding Well to Domestic Abuse (Policy and Practice Guidance March 2017)
- Responding to, assessing and managing safeguarding concerns or allegations against church officers (2017)
- Risk Assessment for Individuals who may Pose Risk to Children or Adults (2015)
- Safer Recruitment (2016)
- Safeguarding in Religious Communities (2015)
- Safeguarding Records Retention (2016)
- Key Roles and Responsibilities of Church Office Holders and Bodies Practice Guidance (2017)
Joint Practice Guidance with The Methodist Church:
- Safeguarding Records: Joint Practice Guidance for the Church of England and the Methodist Church (2015)
- Safeguarding Guidance for Single Congregation Local Ecumenical Partnerships (2015)
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.
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and the Church of England
IICSA was set up in 2015 because of serious concerns that some organisations in England and Wales had failed and were continuing to fail to protect children. The Inquiry welcomed the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury for the Inquiry to investigate, as a matter of priority, the sexual abuse of children within the Church. Allegations of child sexual abuse within the Church of England, the Church in Wales, and other Anglican churches operating in England and Wales (‘the Anglican Church’) are matters of ongoing public concern.
This investigation will assess the appropriateness of safeguarding and child protection policies and practices in the Anglican Church. It will consider the adequacy of the Past Cases Review of the Church of England and the Historic Cases Review of the Church in Wales. As a case study, it will consider the experience of the Diocese of Chichester, where there have been multiple allegations of sexual abuse, and numerous investigations and reviews. It will also consider the case of Peter Ball, formerly Bishop of Lewes and subsequently Bishop of Gloucester, and investigate whether there were inappropriate attempts by people of prominence to interfere in the criminal justice process after he was first accused of child sexual offences.
IICSA has produced a question and answer sheet for parishes to help them understand the process and how it fits into the Church of England. A copy of the document can be viewed here:- Parish Q&As