Safeguarding (Protection of children and vulnerable adults)
The Church of England is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community so that all can flourish in faith and know the love of God.
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.
You can find out how safeguarding works in the Church of England here.
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.
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse in a church context, and would like to talk to someone about this, there are a number of people you could approach.
There are Safeguarding Advisors in every diocese and Safeguarding Officers in every parish. Details of the safeguarding team based in your diocese can be found via the relevant diocesan website. Take a look at the map of the dioceses and click on the diocese where you live. This will take you to the relevant website where there will be contact information.
If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns directly to the NST please email [email protected]. They will ensure that any concerns are referred to the relevant diocese and/or statutory agency, as appropriate.
If you want to inform the statutory authorities, you can contact your Local Authority Social Services department or Police (the telephone numbers for these will be in your local telephone directory or on the individual authority websites).
We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. Therefore here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:
- 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 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)
- Missing People helpline: 116 000 (call or text 24 hours - free of charge)