We believe that every human being is made in the image of God. It follows that we should honour everyone regardless of their age, capabilities, gender or ethnicity.
Protecting the vulnerable, whether adults or children, is a responsibility carried by all in Christian ministry; we cannot be satisfied until we are sure we have done all in our power to protect them from harm. Our churches must be a safe haven.
Update May 2017:
New National Policy - We have now been informed that "Promoting a Safer Church" the House of Bishops poicy on safeguarding will now not be published and instead a Parish Handbook on Safeguarding will be published alongside A3 banners to place in your church. The date when these will be available is not yet known to the Dioceses.
Training - The Training Strategy Plan has now been completed and training is available to book online. Please go to the Training subpage on the left of this page to access.
Named Person's Event - The Bishop of Thetford invites all Named Person's to an evening to thank Named Persons for their contribution to Safeguarding. If you have not received this email and you are a Named Person please contact Liz Dawes email@example.com
Diocese of Norwich Independent Audit in relation to Safeguarding
Safeguarding policies and practices in the Diocese of Norwich were the subject of an independent audit carried out by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) between the 7 and 9 March 2017. The Final Report of this Audit was received on 3 May 2017 and is attached below. The auditors spoke with a variety of people from parishes, external statutory colleagues, members of the Bishop’s immediate staff and the Diocesan Safeguarding Management Group. The audit has helpfully enabled the Diocese to look at what has worked well and identified areas for consideration. An Action Plan, which will look at these specific areas, will be published by the end of July 2017.
Independent Audit - Final Report (.pdf / 472kb)
If you have any questions about safeguarding please contact the Bishop's Adviser for Safeguarding, Sue Brice on 07958 377079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or alternatively contact the Bishop’s Assistant Safeguarding Adviser, Sian Griffiths on 07342 999386 or email: email@example.com Please note Sian works on a part time basis.