National guidance

The latest Church of England safeguarding policies and practice guidance are available on the Church of England website’s safeguarding section.

The documents relate to:

  • Safer Recruitment
  • Safeguarding for LEP’s
  • Safeguarding Records
  • Safeguarding in Religious Communities
  • Serious Safeguarding Situations
  • Risk Assessment

You can email the national Safeguarding Team directly. Support is also available from the following organisations:

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 ( freephone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)

Who to contact

The Safeguarding Team


Church of England Safeguarding Review 2017

Promoting a Safer Church - House of Bishops Policy Statement