Child Protection & Safeguarding


The Church of England is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community. We take this issue extremely seriously, and continue to seek to enhance our procedures through the House of Bishops’ commitment to diocesan and national guidelines for safeguarding children and adults, and improving the care for survivors of abuse.

Children and Young People Safeguarding


  • 1995 House of Bishops produced first child protection policy document (in response to the Home Office’s 1993 document Safe from Harm).

  • 1999 and 2004 – policy revised

  • 2010 – Latest policy

The policy is in place to protect not only children and young people, but also those adults who are committed to working with and for them.

Adult Safeguarding


The Church of England is committed to encouraging an environment where all people and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety. Everyone, whether they see themselves as vulnerable or not, will receive respectful pastoral ministry recognizing any power imbalance within such a relationship.