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Safeguarding refers to the range of plans and activities that are put in place to protect children and adults who may be vulnerable to abuse and neglect from being exploited or harmed. Safeguarding in the church community – making our churches safe for children, young people and vulnerable adults – is everyone’s responsibility. The diocesan safeguarding team provide professional advice and training to parishes to ensure they can meet that responsibility, as well as support those who may have suffered abuse or exploitation in a church setting.

Everyone involved in church life should know what to do in situations where a child, young person or vulnerable adult may have been harmed. Each parish or benefice should have in place a safeguarding person who knows how to respond and where to seek further help and advice. Anyone who wishes to report abuse or exploitation needs to know that they can do so and receive the support they need.

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Report a safeguarding concern

Please do contact us if you have any safeguarding concerns. You will be treated with courtesy and respect.

Safeguarding team

Meet or contact the team

The contact details and more for the safeguarding team.


Safeguarding training

Find out about what level of training you should have completed for your role and sign up for training.

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Safe recruitment

Guidance about how to recruit the right people to the right roles in parishes and in the diocese and how to check, as far as possible, that they pose no known risk.

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Resources and policies

Policies, resources and templates for Parish Safeguarding Officers and other officers.

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Safeguarding news

Catch up with the latest news from the safeguarding team, including the latest safeguarding newsletter.

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