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.

Our work is based on the following six safeguarding commitments, agreed on by the bishops of the Church of England in 2017;

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults within the Church
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present a risk to others
Safeguarding Nationally
Safeguarding in the Diocese of York
Safeguarding in a different Diocese
Disclosing Abuse
Support for those affected by abuse
Past Cases Review 2 for the National Church Institutions
Independent Safeguarding Audit from SCIE
NCI Safeguarding Privacy Notice   Safeguarding Records Retention


Survey for initial response to the Jay report

survey has been published for anyone who wishes to make an initial response to the recommendations made by Professor Jay in her report on the Future of Church Safeguarding. The report from Professor Alexis Jay, former chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA, makes recommendations for a new independent safeguarding and scrutiny body for the Church of England. Professor Jay was commissioned by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to carry out this work in July 2023 and her report was published in February 2024.

Survey findings will be presented to the Wilkinson/Jay Response Group (see revised Terms of Reference) and will be available on the Church of England website. All survey responses are anonymous and no names or identifying details will be requested or produced. The survey closes on April 18.

Further information on safeguarding in the Church and independence

Have you contacted Bishopthorpe Palace regarding safeguarding? How did we do?

If you would like to take part in a survey to help improve our understanding of responses to safeguarding please click on the link below.  The survey should take no more than two minutes to complete. Thank you.

Complete the survey now

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