PLEASE NOTE: The usual out of hours cover provided by thirtyone-eght will not be available on the evenings of Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th June.

During this period, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as usual between 9am and 5pm.  If you have immediate concerns about someone’s safety, please contact the police or your local authority Children or Adult Social Care Services during this time.

Normal out of hours service will resume from 5pm on Wednesday 12th June.

Annual report from the Head of Safeguarding

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Urgent question?

If you have immediate concerns about someone’s safety, please contact the police and your local authority Children’s or Adult Social Care Services.

If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm, contact the Safeguarding Helpline (9am to 5pm) on 020 7932 1224.

Out of hours advice can be sought from the Thirtyone:eight helpline on 0303 003 1111, selecting option 2. Thirtyone:eight is an independent charity which works in close partnership with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team (DST). The DST receives notification of any advice given by Thirtyone:eight.

‘Safer churches’ – a key priority for our 2030 vision
Welcoming everyone into the life of the diocese, into a community where the value and dignity of everyone is valued and respected is not only core to the Gospel and our calling, but to safeguarding. Everyone should know that they are as safe as they can be and that safeguarding is an integral part of our life and ministry.

Safeguarding and the development of safer churches is everyone’s responsibility
The care and protection of children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable, and who are involved in church and other activities within the diocese is the responsibility of the whole church and everyone who participates in the life of the church and diocese has a role to play.

House of Bishops Practice Guidance can be accessed on the Church of England webpages along with the most up to date copy of the Parish Safeguarding Handbook.

National policies, guidance and resources

You can find out more about these on the Church of England website here.

The Review Steering Group