We all have a responsibility to care for one another, and to keep people safe from harm, and it is especially important that children and vulnerable adults are protected.
Our work is based on the following six safeguarding commitments, agreed on by the bishops of the Church of England in 2017;
- Promoting a safer environment and culture
- Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults within the Church
- Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
- Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
- Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
- Responding to those that may pose a present a risk to others
As part of the Past Cases Review 2 into safeguarding practice across the Church of England, Lambeth Palace has published the summary and recommendations from the independent review of files held by the Archbishop of Canterbury for the Southern Province.
In 2007, the Church of England commissioned a Past Cases Review (PCR), which was a large-scale review into its handling of child protection cases over many years. An independent scrutiny report followed which highlighted a number of shortcomings including the lack of survivor engagement. As a result, PCR2 was commissioned.
PCR2’s purpose was to identify both good and bad practice in relation to how allegations of abuse in the Church of England have been handled, and to provide recommendations so improvements can be made.
As part of PCR2, independent safeguarding experts reviewed all files held by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace for the Southern Province. The Southern Province consists of 30 dioceses. The summary and recommendations of the Lambeth Palace PCR2 report are published today.
Read the Summary and Recommendations of the Lambeth Palace Past Cases Review 2 Project HERE.
Read the Church of England Past Cases Review 2 Project Final Report HERE.
For Safeguarding advice contact Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers:
Paul Brightwell tel: 07398 009 951 email: [email protected]
Fiona Coombs tel: 07548 232 395 email: [email protected]
For Safeguarding Training:
Katy Harper Safeguarding Trainer tel: 01227 473 565 [email protected]
For Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enquiries:
Karen Carolan-Evans Safeguarding Administrator tel: 01227 459401 email: [email protected]
If your query relates to a safeguarding issue within the Diocese of Canterbury you can also find information by clicking here: https://www.canterburydiocese.org/safeguarding/
The National Safeguarding Team (NST) is involved with;
- Developing and implementing national policy
- Casework on complex and high profile cases
- Commissioning lessons learned reviews
- National survivor support and engagement work
- Co-ordinating independent diocesan safeguarding audits
- Strengthening and supporting national safeguarding networks
- Engagement with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)
For more information about these areas of work please click here
All 42 dioceses of the Church of England employ a Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA). A DSA is the first point of call for someone wishing to report an allegation of abuse. They manage allegations, advise survivors and work closely with external agencies. They are also involved with training, policies and procedures.
You can find your local Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser by clicking here
For Safeguarding Advice please contact the Lambeth Palace Safeguarding Officer:
Debbie McCormack on: 0207 898 1216 or via email: [email protected]
If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay.
Details of the safeguarding team based in your diocese can be found via the relevant diocesan website. You can find your local Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser by clicking here
If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns directly please contact [email protected] (This is a Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm service, in emergencies contact police on 999.)
If you are a survivor of abuse in a church context, and would like to talk to someone about this, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) in your area will be able to talk you through the different options available for you. You can find your local DSA by clicking here
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, Church in Wales or the Catholic Church of England and Wales.
You can contact the Safe Spaces team online here or telephone: 0300 303 1056 or email: [email protected]
If you would value support from people who have been through similar experiences, you can contact MACSAS, Minsters and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors. MACSAS is a support group for women and men from Christian backgrounds who have been sexually abused by Ministers or Clergy, as children or as adults. Please see their website at www.macsas.org.uk.
The following groups may also be of help:
- Childline: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything. www.childline.org.uk
- National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 ((lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse. www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
- Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to. It is a free phone number for landlines and mobile phones. www.samaritans.org
- Hourglass: 0800 801 0331 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm) Hourglass will provide support to an older person or anyone concerned about an older person who is at risk of, experiencing or recovering from any form of abuse or neglect. www.wearehourglass.org
- The National Association of People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC): Helpline: 0800 801 0331 www.napac.org.uk