Safeguarding (Protection of children and vulnerable adults)
The Church of England is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community so that all can flourish in faith and know the love of God.
We all have a responsibility to care for one another, and to keep people safe from harm, and it is especially important that children and vulnerable adults are protected.
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse in a church context, and would like to talk to someone about this, there are a number of people you could approach.
If you want to speak to someone within the Diocese of York, you can speak to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 07551 124951 or email@example.com Alternatively, you can speak to one of the Archbishop’s Chaplains by calling 01904 707021. There is a female and a male chaplain, and you could ask to speak to either of them.
If you want to inform the Statutory Authorities, you can speak to a Local Authority Designated Officer, please contact your Local Safeguarding Children Board.
If you would value support from people who have been through similar experiences, you can contact MACSAS, Minsters and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors. MACSAS is a support group for women and men from Christian backgrounds who have been sexually abused by Ministers or Clergy, as children or as adults. Please see their website at www.macsas.org.uk.
The following groups may also be of help:
NSPCC: Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (24 hours, every day) www.nspcc.org.uk
Childline: Helpline: 0800 1111 (24 hours) www.childline.org.uk
Survivors UK : Helpline: 0845 122 1201 www.survivorsuk.org
The National Association of People Abused in Childhood: Helpline: 0800 085 3330 www.napac.org.uk
Disclosure and Barring Service
Following good practice for safer recruiting is vital for parishes. Disclosure certificates (formerly often known as ‘CRBs’) are an important element in safer recruiting.
If you need further information about the Disclosure and Barring Service, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about or at the Diocese of York website.