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Our Safeguarding Policy provides the information you need in a comprehensive, user-friendly format to enable you to fulfil your responsibility to protect everyone in your parish from harm or abuse.

The Bishop of Chelmsford, Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell issued a ‘Safeguarding Pack’ to all parishes in October 2014. 

The Action Pack contains the following essential documents which are available as downloads:

The Bishop’s advice to his Incumbents, Churchwardens and Parish Child Protection Advisers is to keep the Policy Manual, Practice Guidance & Resources where you easily get hold of them.

Make sure the poster is on your church noticeboard and carry your Pocket Guide with you.

The NST (National Safeguarding Team)

Key Roles and Responsibilities of Church Office Holders and Bodies Practice Guidance - Aims to clarify key safeguarding roles and responsibilities for church office holders and bodies within this complex structure to support a consistent approach to safeguarding across the whole Church.

Safer Recruitment:

Safer Practice Guidance:

Safeguarding Allegation & Case Management:

Theology & Safeguarding:

A resource to help local churches do some theological thinking around safeguarding has been published today (30th June 2016) by the Faith and Order Commission (FAOC). The text is meant to be read as a specifically theological resource alongside safeguarding policy and guidance documents from the local diocese and the national church.

For more information please contact Laura Tyler
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The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are asking for your prayers as the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has recently finished its hearing into matters in the Diocese of Chichester. Please pray for all those involved, and for all affected by safeguarding issues.

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Independent Audit of Safeguarding

An independent audit of safeguarding in the Diocese of Chelmsford was conducted by SCIE in April 2017. This was part of a national programme of audits.

Read the diocesan response to the report.

And the report in full.

Statement given to Heybridge St Andrew and St George and Langford St Giles by the Venerable Elizabeth Snowden, Archdeacon of Chelmsford, on 7 May 2017.

This statement is available to download here.