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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.

A safer church

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


You may find the following resources useful:

Safer Recruitment:

Safer Practice Guidance:

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

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.