Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

The Diocese of Chelmsford is committed, as part of the Christian Church living in the spirit of the Gospel, to protect and care for everyone and we aim to be a beacon of best practice in safeguarding. Looking the other way is not an option.

  • Ensuring that its volunteers, clergy, advisers and lay people achieve the standards laid down in the Safeguarding Policies of the Church of England.
  • Working with individuals who have criminal convictions, or where other safeguarding risks are identified, to ensure that they, and all members of the church community are safeguarded.
  • Holding to account all persons responsible for the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults in the Diocese.


Guidance, Resources & Templates

View all our guidance, resources and downloads for parishes.

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Safeguarding Training

The Church will train and equip church officers to have the confidence and skills they need to recognise and respond to abuse.

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DBS/Criminal Record Checks

Find out more about DBS checks, FAQ's and details on our provider.

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Safeguarding Contacts

Get contact details for the Safeguarding team and relevant organisations.

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Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO)

The role of the PSO is one of trust and requires a high degree of honesty and integrity.

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Past Cases Review 2

In 2007, the Church of England commissioned a Past Cases Review (2007-2009) which sought to look at the Church's handling of safeguarding over many years.

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Safe Spaces

An independent service supporting survivors of church related abuse.

More about Safe Spaces

Independent Audit of Safeguarding

An independent audit of safeguarding in the Diocese of Chelmsford was conducted by SCIE in April 2017.

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