National Policy and Practice Guidance
The following policies and guidance notes come from the Church Of England Safeguarding pages which can be found via the link here.
All the policy and practice guidance on this page have been approved by the House of Bishops and must, where relevant, be followed by all Church Bodies* and Church Officers.
Please note under section 5 of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 all authorised clergy, bishops, archdeacons, licensed readers and lay workers, churchwardens and PCCs must have 'due regard' to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops (this will include both policy and practice guidance). A duty to have 'due regard' to guidance means that the person under the duty is not free to disregard it but is required to follow it unless there are cogent reasons for not doing so. ('Cogent' for this purpose means clear, logical and convincing.) Failure by clergy to comply with the duty imposed by the 2016 Measure may result in disciplinary action.
- Protecting All God's Children (safeguarding policy for children and young people, 4th edition, 2010)
- Promoting a Safe Church (safeguarding policy for adults) 2006
- Promoting a Safer Church; House of Bishops policy statement (2017)
- Responding Well to Domestic Abuse (2017)
- Safer Recruitment (2016)
- DBS Eligibility and related matters - Frequently Asked Questions - 2017
- Safeguarding in Religious Communities (2015)
- Responding Well (policy and guidance for the church of England, 20
- NEW - as of October 2017 Responding to, assessing and managing concerns or allegations against church officers practice guidance
- NEW - as of October 2017 Key roles and responsibilities of church office holders and bodies practice guidance
- NEW - as of October 2017 Glossary reference document
Joint Practice Guidance with The Methodist Church-
- Safeguarding Records: Joint Practice Guidance for the Church of England and the Methodist Church (2015)
- Safeguarding Guidance for Single Congregation Local Ecumenical Partnerships (2015)
Safer Recruitment Useful Resources (2016)
- Safer recruitment FAQs
- Church of England Confidential Declaration Form
- Eligibility for an enhanced criminal records check
- Church of England role eligibile for a criminal record check
Safeguarding Training and Development Resources (2017)
- Template for a Diocesan Safeguarding Training Strategy
- Module learning aims and objectives
- Training and development work plans
Please see the Parish resources page for additional safeguarding tools
* Church Bodies includes PCCs, diocesan bodies, cathedrals, religious communities, theological training institutions and the National Church Institutions. This policy will apply to the whole of the provinces of Canterbury and York (including the Diocese in Europe subject to local variations/modifications). There is also an expectation that the policy will apply to the Channel Islands and Sodor and Man unless there is specific local legislation in a jurisdiction that would prevent adoption.
*A "Church Officer" is anyone appointed/elected by or on behalf of the Church to a post or role, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or unpaid.
 The Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 applies to the whole of the provinces of Canterbury and York (including the Diocese in Europe subject to local variations/modifications), with the exception of the Channel Islands and Sodor and Man. In order to extend the 2016 Measure to the Channel Islands or Sodor and Man legislation will need to be passed by the relevant island jurisdictions in accordance with section 12 of that Measure.