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Section D. Safeguarding

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

The Church of England is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community.

In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.

These pages relate to the work carried out by the Safeguarding team.

In September 2016, the Diocese of Worcester's safeguarding processes were independently audited by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Read the full report. 

Bishop John said: “I am most grateful to the Social Care Institute for Excellence for their thorough audit of safeguarding arrangements in the Diocese of Worcester. Safeguarding children and adults is of the utmost importance and it is reassuring that the auditors found no major gaps in our provision. We welcome their suggestions of areas for further development; these are mostly around the further improvement of actions or structures already in place in the Diocese. We are implementing our action plan in response to these considerations so as to be as safe a church as possible for all God’s people.”

Read the full safeguarding audit report from SCIE.

In response to the considerations raised by the SCIE audit, the following action plan has been prepared which describes the progress to date.

A message from Bishop John on safeguarding: 

Bishop John"The Diocese of Worcester is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults to worship and grow in Christ safely. I take that commitment very seriously and believe that making our churches safe for all is everyone’s responsibility. To enable that, our diocesan safeguarding team provides professional advice and training, as well as supporting those who may have suffered abuse. I commend to you the important policies and procedures detailed here. It is my prayer that they will help to ensure that all can flourish as God’s Kingdom People."


Using the navigation menu on the left or the links below, you can find information about safeguarding and recruitment policy, training, advice and forms.

Who can I contact for advice?

The following people are available to deal with enquiries:

  1. Any issues concerning safeguarding children - Hilary Higton, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 07495060869.
  2. To obtain blank forms and for help completing the DBS forms, or booking a place and information about child protection training courses - contact the DBS Administrator 01905 732811 (dbsadmin@cofe-worcester.org.uk )
  3. Training or questions about children's work or training for children's groups - Emma Pettifer, Diocesan Children's Officer.
  4. Training or questions about youth work or training for youth groups - Simon Hill, Diocesan Youth Officer.

Worcestershire , Dudley and Sandwell Social Care Numbers

Worcester Adult and Children’s Social Care – 0845 6072000 (out of hours 01905 768020)

Dudley Adult and Children’s Social Care -0300 555 0055 (out of hours 0300 555 8574)

Sandwell Adult Social Care - 0845 352 2266 (out of hours 0121 569 2355)

Sandwell Children’s Social Care – 0121 569 3100

West Mercia Police (Worcestershire) - 101

West Midlands Police (remainder of the Diocese) - 101