As we move forward with safeguarding in the Diocese of Worcester, I thought that it would be helpful to highlight that from 1st October parts of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 came into effect.

This included five important changes and I would be grateful if this information could please be shared widely among all who minister, are churchwardens and your PCC / DCC:

- there is now a duty imposed on all clergy in ministry, licensed readers and lay workers, churchwardens and PCCs to have due regard to guidance issued by the House of Bishops on matters relating to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults;

- when inviting a person from another Church to perform in a parish church, the incumbent will need to be satisfied that that person is of good standing (amendment to Canon B 43). (Stuart Currie, Bishop John’s Chaplain, will be putting information on the diocesan website as to how “good standing” can be ascertained.)

- clergy who are prohibited or suspended under the Clergy Discipline Measure will not be permitted to robe during divine service (amendment to Canon C 8);

- all clergy with authority to officiate will have to participate in arrangements approved by the bishop for training in matters relating to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults (amendment to Canon C 8);

- the bishop can now suspend licensed readers and lay workers pending possible revocation of their licences (amendments to Canons E 6 and E 8).

Thank you for all that you contribute to the vital work of safeguarding children and adults.

Bishop Graham

The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Dudley