Policy and Practice Guidance
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.
You can view the Church of England Safeguarding Overview document here.
Please note, many forms/guidance notes have been updated and revised so please ensure you’re using the latest versions, linked below.
- Promoting a Safer Church; House of Bishops policy statement (2017)
- Protecting All God's Children (safeguarding policy for children and young people, 4th edition, 2010)
- Promoting a Safe Church (safeguarding policy for adults, 2006)
- Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016
- Glossary reference document (2017)
- Use of Social Media - see also http://www.elydiocese.org/supporting-parishes/comm...
- Key roles and responsibilities of church office holders and bodies practice guidance (2017)
- Responding to, assessing and managing concerns or allegations against church officers practice guidance (2017)
- Responding well to domestic abuse practice guidance (2017)
- Training and development practice guidance (2017)
- Safer recruitment practice guidance (2016)
- Safeguarding Records Retention - Records management toolkit (2016)
- DBS Eligibility and related matters – Frequently Asked Questions – February 2017
- DBS Eligibility and related matters – Frequently Asked Questions – July 2016
- Responding well to those who have been sexually abused practice guidance (2011)
- Safeguarding in religious communities practice guidance (2015)
- Parish Safeguarding Handbook (October 2018)
Joint Practice Guidance with The Methodist Church
- Safeguarding records: joint practice guidance for the Church of England and the Methodist Church (2015)
- Notice of retention/non‐destruction of documents relating to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse 2015
- Safeguarding joint practice guidance for single congregation Local Ecumenical Partnerships (2015)
Ely Diocesan Policies
- Criminal records checks and safeguarding training requirements for churchwardens and PCC members - a note from Bishop Stephen - December 2017
- Diocese of Ely Dignity at Work Policy 2017
- Diocese of Ely Domestic Abuse Policy Statement 2017
- Diocese of Ely Lone Worker Policy 2017
- Diocese of Ely Safeguarding Complaints Policy and Procedure
- Diocese of Ely Whistleblowing Policy - Reviewed August 2018
- Diocesan Safeguarding Liaison Group Terms of Reference
Theological Texts and Liturgical resources
- Towards a Safer Church: Liturgical Resources
- Forgiveness & Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Abuse (2017) - House of Bishops commended document from Faith and Order Commission
- The Gospel, Sexual Abuse and the Church; A theological resource for the local church (2016)
Authorised Listening Service
If you are a survivor or victim of abuse that happened in a Church setting, whether it happened recently or many years ago, and you would like to talk to someone about what happened, then please contact the safeguarding team. Abuse is never the fault of the child or vulnerable person who was abused.
It is always the responsibility of a person in a position of power or trust to ensure that appropriate boundaries are maintained, and that children and other people in their care who are vulnerable to abuse or neglect are kept safe.
The Diocese of Ely commissions an independent Listening Service from thirtyone:eight who offer a supportive listening service to those who have experienced abuse. Please see the leaflet for more information.
If you or someone you know might like to meet with an Authorised Listener please encourage them to contact the safeguarding team