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
The National Safeguarding Team (NST) is involved with;
- Developing and implementing national policy
- Casework on complex and high profile cases
- Commissioning lessons learned reviews
- National survivor support and engagement work
- Co-ordinating independent diocesan safeguarding audits
- Strengthening and supporting national safeguarding networks
- Engagement with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)
For more information about these areas of work please click here
- For Safeguarding advice contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Julie O’Hara or Rob Marshall on 01904 699524: mb. 07551 124951 / 07914 668907 respectively or email: [email protected].
- For Safeguarding Training contact the Events Administrator on 01904 699508 or [email protected].
- For Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enquiries contact the Diocesan DBS Administrator on 01904 707021 or [email protected]
If your query relates to a safeguarding issue within the Diocese of York you can also find information by clicking here
All 42 dioceses of the Church of England employ a Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA). A DSA is the first point of call for someone wishing to report an allegation of abuse. They manage allegations, advise survivors and work closely with external agencies. They are also involved with training, policies and procedures.
You can find your local Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser by clicking here
If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay.
Details of the safeguarding team based in your diocese can be found via the relevant diocesan website. You can find your local Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser by clicking here
If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns directly to the Office of the Archbishop of York you can contact the Provincial Safeguarding Adviser, Anna Flower (normal office days Tuesdays to Thursdays) at tel. 01904 707021 (main reception), mobile: 07852 217509 or at email: [email protected]
Alternatively, you could 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 are a survivor of abuse in a church context, and would like to talk to someone about this, the DSA in your area will be able to talk you through the different options available for you. You can find your local DSA by clicking here
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, Church in Wales or the Catholic Church of England and Wales.
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 Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
- Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
- National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 ((lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
- Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
- Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)
- The National Association of People Abused in Childhood: Helpline: 0800 085 3330 www.napac.org.uk
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), is conducting an external, independent audit of Bishopthorpe Palace’s safeguarding arrangements, in November 2020 - please contribute if you have first-hand experience of seeking a safeguarding response from the Palace.
This is part of a national programme covering Church of England dioceses, cathedrals and palaces. The audit of Bishopthorpe Palace was postponed in March 2020 because of restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The independent team want to hear from people with first-hand experience of seeking a response from clergy, or others in Church-related roles, at Bishopthorpe, to safeguarding issues. You may have disclosed abuse, you may have shared Church failures to respond to such disclosures or you may have shared concerns about unsafe practices or people. The independent auditors want to understand what is working well and what has gone wrong in the past.
The role of the Palace in this aspect of the audit is simply to help publicise that the audit is taking place and that the external team want to hear from abuse survivors. Nobody at any level within the Church will be told you are taking part and please be assured that all communications with survivors will remain confidential within the SCIE audit team.
The aim of the independent audit is to support safeguarding improvements and the final report of the audit will be published by Bishopthorpe Palace.
The Reverend Canon Malcolm Macnaughton, Chief of Staff at Bishopthorpe Palace said, “These audits are part of the Church of England’s commitment to making the Church a safer place for all, ensuring that all offices have the best possible practice in place. We welcome every opportunity to learn and to improve our approach.”
The audit is expected to consider safeguarding arrangements including governance and leadership, policies and practice guidance, case-work, recruitment and training.
If you feel you would like to contribute to this audit, as a survivor or as someone who may have raised a safeguarding concern, please email the auditors directly at: [email protected] Alternatively you can contact Anna Flower, Provincial Safeguarding Officer at email: [email protected]
The expected dates the auditors are planning to be in contact with those who wish to contribute to the audit are the 27th, 28th and 29th of October 2020.
Have you contacted Bishopthorpe Palace regarding safeguarding? How did we do?
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