Safeguarding Audit 2024

INEQE Safeguarding Group have been commissioned to conduct Independent Safeguarding Audits of the Church of England to make sure dioceses and cathedrals are doing all they can to create environments where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. Our diocese will be audited from 1 July.

As part of their audit and ahead of their visit to the Diocese, INEQE hope to engage with a wide range of people through an anonymous and confidential survey. We would be grateful if you could complete the survey, and share it as widely as possible. Please feel free to be open and honest with your responses, the survey results will be received directly by INEQE’s Audit Team and not by the Church of England.

There are specific surveys for the following groups:

  • Parish community - including, for example, parishioner, worshipper, or an attendee of another activity at the parish.
  • Parish workforce - including, for example, clergy, parish staff, volunteers, choristers, bell ringers, or worshippers.
  • Diocese workforce - including, for example, DBF staff or volunteers, Staff of the Diocesan Bishop's Office or Diocesan Synod.
  • Cathedral workforce - including, for example, the Chapter, clergy, staff, volunteers, choristers, or bell ringers.
  • Cathedral worshipping community - including those who visit, attend services or worship at the Cathedral.
  • Victims/survivors of church-related abuse
  • Children or young people

The survey results are received directly by INEQE’s Audit Team and not by the Church of England.

The survey is now live and will close at 11.30 pm on Wednesday 1 May 2024.

To access the survey relevant to you please visit this website.

Should you wish to share any further information or if you would be interested in participating in a focus group you can contact the Audit team via this link.

Bishop Martin writes:

"Thank you for your help in completing this survey – listening to and learning from people in our parishes and those who work for the Diocese is an important part of the audit. Only by working together can we strive to make our churches a safe place for everyone."


Page last updated: Thursday 7th March 2024 8:20 PM


Please remember - if a child or an adult is at immediate risk of significant harm or in immediate danger, call the emergency services on 999.

Contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers

If you have safeguarding concerns about the welfare of a child, young person or an adult, please email the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers for advice and support or phone 01905 732800.

If possible, please complete this referral form and attach it to your email – the team will contact you at the earliest opportunity.

Contact the team.

Contact details of Social Services and Police within the Diocese

  • Non-Urgent Police Enquiries - 101 (you will be put through to the appropriate force eg West Mercia or West Midlands)
  • Worcestershire - 01905 822 666 (out of hours 01905 768020)
  • Dudley Area which includes Halesowen, Stourbridge and Brierley Hill – 0300 555 0055 (out of hours 0300 555 8574)
  • Sandwell – 0121 569 2266

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