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In the Diocese of Chelmsford we have adopted the suite of Policy and Practice Guidance provided by the National Safeguarding Team for the Church of England.

Old Safeguarding policy

All previous Diocesan Policy/Policy Manual documents have now been replaced with the NST Policy and Practice Guidance

Click here to access National Safeguarding Team Policy and Practice Guidance

Please note under section 5 of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 all authorised clergy, bishops, archdeacons, licensed readers and lay workers, churchwardens and PCCs must have 'due regard' to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops (this will include both policy and practice guidance). A duty to have 'due regard' to guidance means that the person under the duty is not free to disregard it but is required to follow it unless there are cogent reasons for not doing so. ('Cogent' for this purpose means clear, logical and convincing.) Failure by clergy to comply with the duty imposed by the 2016 Measure may result in disciplinary action.


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Safeguarding Policies & Statements:


Safer Practice Guidance & Information/Fact Sheets:

 


Safer Recruitment:


Safer Practice Templates & Resources:

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


Types/Signs & Symptoms of Abuse:


Recording & Responding to Safeguarding Allegations or Concerns:

If you think someone is in immediate danger, phone the police immediately on 999

All Safeguarding concerns should be acted upon immediately. If you are concerned that someone might be at risk or is actually suffering abuse please contact the Safeguarding Team as soon as possible. To contact your local police station please call 101.

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.