Safeguarding: Listening service
In 2011, the House of Bishops produced the ‘Responding Well’ report, which highlighted how sexual abuse can affect adult survivors. It asked each diocese to provide support and guidance, saying:
“It is vital that our churches are safe places for people to tell their stories of abuse, and where people listen and respond well.” (Time for Action)
In response to this, our diocese has set up an Authorised Listening Service, which is now available to anyone who has been affected in this way. The listening service offers the opportunity to talk about sensitive issues with a trustworthy stranger.
A team of listeners has been recruited and authorised by Bishop John. All have experience and skills in counselling or similar and are able to provide specialist support and manage confidential information. A Listener will usually provide a series of face to face sessions, and will offer support for any next steps that are considered necessary.
The service can be requested in confidence via Parish Safeguarding Officers, clergy, or direct via the Diocesan Safeguarding team. There are leaflets available in every parish - these can be downloaded below.
For further information on our Listening Service please contact Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Hilary Higton on 07495 060869 or firstname.lastname@example.org.