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Safe Spaces Launched

A new service providing vital support for survivors of abuse has become operational today Tuesday 29th September 2020. https://www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk/ Safe Spaces: an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse  offers support to survivors of church-related abuse whether or not a report has been made. This independent service is run by the charity...

Response To The IICSA Report

Responding to the publication of the IICSA report and the Church of England’s open letter, The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham said, “While it is for the national Church to respond fully to IICSA’s findings and recommendations, as a bishop I am fully supportive of IICSA’s scrutiny...

New Safeguarding documents issued

The Church of England has issued several new safeguarding related documents since December 2016. These can be downloaded here:  Full details of these documents can be found here: For full details please visit this link. A Safeguarding Update Bulletin will be circulated soon.

NATIONAL SAFEGUARDING PILOT AUDIT REPORT & ACTION PLANS

National Safeguarding Pilot Audit Report The Diocese of Durham was one of four dioceses across the Church of England that took part in an ‘Independent Audit of Diocesan Safeguarding Arrangements’ in September of 2015. The report detailing the findings and recommendations from the audit has now been published and is...

National Church – Safeguarding Notices

John Smythe Case - April 2017 To read the update and associated information please follow the link: https://www.churchofengland.org/clergy-office-holders/safeguarding-children-vulnerable-adults.aspx

Diocese Undertakes Past Cases Review (PCR2)

Current work on the PCR2 Review has been suspended in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The situation will be reviewed on the 25th June and will be updated thereafter.     The past cases review (PCR) conducted  in 2007 - 2009, was a large-scale review of the handling by the Church of...

DBS Criminal Record Checks

Criminal Records Checking – Disclosure and Barring Service The Diocesan Office provides a service to Parishes who need to ask people working with children and/or vulnerable adults to apply for clearance. Click here to download our checklist for PCCs, giving guidance about the posts which are eligible. There is a small...

DBS Criminal Record Checks

Criminal Records Checking – Disclosure and Barring Service The Diocesan Office provides a service to Parishes who need to ask people working with children and/or vulnerable adults to apply for clearance. Click here to download our checklist for PCCs, giving guidance about the posts which are eligible. There is a small...

COVID-19 Update 18 – Safeguarding

Domestic abuse may affect anyone at any time, but the isolation resulting from COVID-19 is particularly affecting victims/survivors of domestic abuse. The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and online requests for help since the lockdown, according to the charity Refuge. Victims/survivors of domestic...

C1 Online Training

In order to access the course please click on the link below:   https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/   Once on this page, those wishing to complete the course should then follow the link to register as a new user. They will then be prompted to: Create a username and password Enter their email address and confirm...